Tilda Together - Street Food Challenge

Through the Tilda Together Street Food Challenge we are asking S1 and S2 pupils across Scotland to create a new street food using any one of Tilda's Wholegrain rice range. More information »
Please submit initial ideas using this form to skills@fdfscotland.org.uk by 21 February 2020.

Braw Lunch Brake Challenge

The Braw Lunch-Brake Challenge is back for its fourth year! We are asking primary 5, 6 and 7 pupils from across Scotland to create an innovative, healthy street food dish – using Scottish produce – they would love to eat during their lunch break. Please send initial dish ideas to skills@fdfscotland.org.uk by 8 May 2020. More information »

Careers in food and drink

A career in the Scottish food and drink industry offers varied opportunities, good pay, exciting prospects and a bright future.

Career opportunities

There a variety of exciting careers in the food and drink industry. Careers range from engineering and food science, through to sales, marketing and PR. Many people even decide to start their own business.

Skills and qualifications

Most subjects studied at school are helpful for careers in food and drink. STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) subjects are particularly great to have. Languages, graphic design or business-related subjects are also useful depending on the role.

Some jobs need a college or university qualification. Other opportunities exist for school leavers. Apprenticeship are a great way to earn while you learn.

My World of Work provides information about the different roles that exist and the skills and qualifications needed. Check out Apprenticeship.Scot for more information on apprenticeships.

A Future in Food

Through our A Future in Food initiative we make educators, students, career advisers and parents aware of the career opportunities food and drink has to offer and the skills needed by employers.

We couldn't do this without our partners including Developing Young Workforce, Skills Development Scotland, Lantra, Quality Meat Scotland, the National Skills Academy for Food and Drink, and the Institute of Food Science and Technology.

The Scottish Government fund this work through Scotland Food & Drink. Our Skills Manager Moira Stalker is on the Scotland Food & Drink People & Skills Board. They meet regularly to support the delivery of the Skills Investment Plan for the sector. Read the Skills Investment Plan »


We have created a range of free resources for educators to use in the classroom and for industry to use when working with young people. They are a great way to bring school subjects to life using food as a context for learning.

Food and Drink Skills Ambassadors

Our ambassadors inspire young people to consider a career in food and drink. If you work in food and drink and would like to get involved you can sign up as a food and drink ambassador.

More Information

For more information please contact Moira Stalker, FDF Scotland's Skills Manager, at skills@fdfscotland.org.uk.

Last reviewed: 10 Feb 2020