The UK’s peak representative body for the food and beverage manufacturing sector, the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has launched a new initiative titled the ‘See Inside Manufacturing’ (SIM) program.
The program will invite over 1,600 students, teachers and careers advisors to see the ‘behind the scenes‘ of some of Britain’s top food and beverage manufacturing companies during October with the aim of improving the image of manufacturing, and encouraging young people to consider careers in the sector.
The program is run by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) in conjunction with FDF and includes key players such as British Sugar, Coca-Cola Enterprises, KP Snacks, Mars, Mondelez International, Nestlè, PepsiCo, Thorntons plc and Wrigley's.
Business Minister Michael Fallon said that the program will aim to inspire many young people to consider a career in manufacturing.
“See Inside Manufacturing gives young people the opportunity to see exactly how manufacturing works on a day to day basis, dispelling old myths about factories and inspiring the next generation of engineers. So far the scheme has been hugely successful in doing this, with nearly nine in ten young participants saying they would now think about a career in manufacturing," said Fallon.
“The food and drink industry houses some of the most recognisable businesses in the UK. I'm pleased that these leading businesses across the country have come onboard together with the FDF to open their doors to the public.”
Simon Baldry, managing director of Coca-Cola said that the program has served as a valuable tool for both Coca-Cola and the schools involved.
“Since the launch of SIM by the Government, we've established a programme of education initiatives to show our commitment to the development of young people. The programmes have involved opening up our facilities by dedicated staff who are highlighting the career opportunities available across the industry, and providing valuable insight into our business and the wider industry," said Baldry.
"…Through these programmes we are hoping to inspire students into manufacturing and lay the foundations for the country's future business leaders.”