Becoming a Food and Drink Ambassador

Our ambassadors inspire young people to consider a career in food and drink. If you work in food and drink and would like to help motivate the next generation of recruits into the industry you can sign up as a food and drink ambassador.

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Becoming an Ambassador

By becoming an ambassador you will:

  • Engage in careers events, class workshops, launching projects, judging competitions and engaging at public facing science fairs
  • Help young people understand how skills and qualifications in subjects such as the sciences, technology, maths, health & wellbeing, home economics, computing, design, IT and technology plus others are required for careers in food and drink
  • Challenge the myths about what it is like to work in the sector and show how a career in food and drink can be both rewarding and exciting, with lots of opportunities.

How it works

If you become an ambassador you can decide the amount of time you spend on network activities, the age group you'd like to work with, the types of activities you would like to be involved with and the distance you are willing to travel.

Those who have helped out with activities in schools find there are many benefits such as:

  • Improved planning and communication skills
  • Understanding their subject area better through presenting it to younger people who may have a different perspective
  • Getting to meet other people who are passionate about the sector
  • Building confidence
  • Having fun!

Get involved

Our food and drink volunteers are also encouraged to sign up to the STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics) Ambassador Programme. This provides the additional benefits of:

  • Full insurance cover when participating in activities as a Food & Drink/STEM Ambassador
  • Free Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) scheme check
  • Access to free short training courses that provide advice and guidance on working with schools
  • Access to a wider network of STEM Ambassadors who engage in STEM activities and want to share their ideas, experiences and resources

Please note: to make sure we know you would prefer to work in food and drink PLEASE select the Scottish Food and Drink Skills Ambassadors option under Select Ambassadors Scheme on the Qualifications page. On the last page “Terms and Conditions/Data Protection” please tick the first box to indicate you are happy for STEMNET to share your details with your Professional Institution box. This allows effective sharing of information between STEMNET and FDF Scotland. Can you also make sure that you sign up as a STEM Ambassador Volunteer on the login page.

Resources for Ambassadors

FDF Scotland has created a support pack to help ambassadors and others working in industry inspire the next generation to consider a career in food and drink.

We have developed a range of resources that industry can use when working with schools.

More information

If you would like further information on becoming an ambassador please email us at or call 0131 229 9415.

Last reviewed: 31 Jan 2020