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22 January 2018

Millburn Academy get a taste of food careers

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On Thursday (18 January) over 200 pupils from Millburn Academy in Inverness attended a special food and drink careers fair where they discovered the variety of exciting opportunities the sector has to offer.

The whole of S2 attended the event organised in partnership between the Academy and Food and Drink Federation (FDF) Scotland to learn more about the huge variety of careers available across the food chain, from farm to fork and sea to plate - and the skills required by employers.

The students met industry and education representatives and took part in fun interactive activities where they saw the links between careers in food and drink and the subjects they are studying in school.

Local farmer, Richard Jones, who is based in Nairn, was there to inspire the youngsters with some local produce. There were also representatives from Royal Highland Education Trust; LANTRA; Scottish Qualifications Authority; University of the Highlands and Islands Inverness; Scotland Food & Drink; and STEM Learning providing a range of hands on workshops for the pupils to learn directly about the skills required in the sector.

Moira Stalker, Skills Manager, FDF Scotland, said:

“This event brought to life the variety of exciting career opportunities available in the food and drink industry – including science, product development, engineering, marketing, nutrition and design. With partners we are inspiring the next generation of food and drink leaders.”

Rita Karikas, Head of Health and Food Technology; Katy Griffiths Teacher of Health and Food Technology; Ann McRae, Teacher of Health and Food Technology, Millburn Academy, said:

“Thanks to FDF Scotland for helping to organise this successful event. We are grateful to everyone that attended and gave the pupils a wonderful insight into the many careers opportunities the food and drink industry has to offer, the skills required by employers and the routes to access them.”

Photographs from the event are available on Flickr

Note to Editors:

  1. The whole food and drink industry from agriculture, fishing, aquaculture through to manufacturing makes a significant contribution to the economy, with an annual turnover of over £14bn and employing around 75,000 people.
  2. FDF Scotland is the voice of the Scottish food and drink manufacturing industry – Scotland's largest manufacturing sector.
  3. FDF Scotland’s schools work - A Future in Food, funded by the Scottish Government through Scotland Food & Drink, helps teachers, pupils and parents better understand the food and drink industry in Scotland, highlights the wide variety of careers on offer, helps pupils understand the skills required by employers and how the subjects they study in school relate to the real world of work.
  4. 2018 is the Year of Young People. There will a year-long programme of events, activities and initiatives designed with the input Scotland’s young people that will give them the opportunity to show the world what they’re made of.

More information

Contact Kirsty Ritchie, Food and Drink Federation Scotland, at:, or 0131 222 8040.

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