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23 February 2012

The food industry opens its' doors to inspire the next generation

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PRESS RELEASE

Today, the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) is pleased to announce that the food and drink industry has been selected as one of the key sectors to participate in this year's 'See Inside Manufacturing' – The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) flagship scheme to get factories to open their doors and inspire school children to consider careers in manufacturing.

Speaking alongside the Business Minister, Mark Prisk at the BIS Manufacturing Summit, FDF's Director General, Melanie Leech, highlighted the synergies between 'See Inside' and the fantastic work the food industry is already doing to show young people the exciting career opportunities available to them in food and drink through vehicles such as FDF's 'Taste Success – A Future in Food' campaign, which due to its achievement to date, is preparing to launch its second phase.

'See Inside' will begin in June and will involve a variety of food and drink companies hosting a series of factory open days around the country to give young people the opportunity to see for themselves some of the exciting careers on offer, whether it be developing a new range of cereals, taste testing ice-cream or creating an advertising campaign for chocolate - there's no shortage of options!

Melanie Leech, the Food and Drink Federation's Director General, said:
“We are delighted that the food and drink industry has been selected as one of the key sectors to be involved in 'See Inside Manufacturing'.

“As part of our 20/20 Vision for Growth, we identified attracting talent as one of the key challenges for our sector if we are to deliver sustainable growth of 20% by 2020. FDF is already taking action to overcome this challenge with our careers campaign 'Taste Success', which is busting the myths around a career in the food industry.

“Many of our members are already opening their doors to young people. See Inside Manufacturing will build on that work and help many more young people to see a career in food and drink manufacturing as an exciting and smart choice.”

Business Minister Mark Prisk said:
“It's great news that we are rolling out See Inside Manufacturing following a successful trial last year. This year we are proud to welcome the Food & Drink industry into the scheme, in addition to the Automotive and Aerospace and Defence industries.

“We want to demonstrate the true value of manufacturing, and this will give young people the chance to see the exciting face of modern manufacturing - highly skilled, high tech and highly paid.”

Notes for editors

  1. The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) is the voice of the food and drink manufacturing industry – the UK's largest manufacturing sector.

More information

For further information please contact the FDF press Team:

Rebecca Wilhelm or 020 7420 7140 - rebecca.wilhelm@fdf.org.uk
Sarah Jenkinson or 020 7420 7131 - sarah.jenkinson@fdf.org.uk

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