Food and Drink Federation to encourage careers for women in engineering

The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has announced a new partnership with youth skills initiative MyKindaCrowd and three of the UK’s largest food and drink manufacturers to promote careers for women interested in engineering in food and drink.

In this new collaboration, FDF members Cargill, Mars UK and PepsiCo UK will work with FDF and MyKindaCrowd to deliver industry visits with practical challenges for female students to get a first-hand taste of the food and drink industry.

The skills agenda is a top priority for our industry and we are proud that our members continue to support careers initiatives such as the MyKindaCrowd engineering visits to ensure a solid succession plan for employment in our sector. At the heart of this collaboration is the aim to raise awareness for the industry-backed MEng Food Engineering degree at Sheffield Hallam University, as well as FDF’s Women into STEM pledge as part of the YourLife campaign, which encourages women to pursue science or engineering careers in food and drink. – Angela Coleshill, director of employment & skills at FDF

Year 12 female students with A-Level STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects will be offered the chance to take on sector-related tasks and challenges at company-led workshops through visits to manufacturing sites across the country.

It is hoped that students will take away an understanding of how they can use their STEM subjects towards an exciting career in food and drink manufacturing, and give students the chance to network with employees at Cargill, Mars UK and PepsiCo UK.


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