The Taste of Success! Busting myths about Careers in Food Science…(10am-3pm)

The Taste of Success! Busting myths about Careers in Food Science…(10am-3pm)


Age: 14-19

Duration: 1

Industry: Agriculture

Application deadline: 02/11/2022

Dates: 16/11/2022 – 16/11/2022

This Insight Day has been developed for young people attending schools and colleges in Northern Ireland (NI). Young people from other regions are welcome to apply, but if this opportunity is over-subscribed priority will be given to young people from NI.

The food and drink manufacturing industry is definitely full of flavour! It’s one of the most innovative, diverse, exciting and tasty careers to work in. People make all kinds of false assumptions about working in the agriculture, food and drink manufacturing industry. For example, people often think jobs in the industry have no prospects and are poorly paid.

 

What images do you think of when you hear about the food and drink manufacturing sector? Farmers in welly boots and a pitchfork? Workers in hairnets and overalls, on production lines and in factories? Well, if this is what you’re thinking you couldn’t be more wrong! The industry employs people in careers such as agriculture, horticulture, food science, product development, marketing and communications, nutrition and well-being, human resources, packaging, research and design. Many of the careers that you will find in other manufacturing sectors are also on offer in the food and drink industry.

 

In this virtual event the team at the College of Agriculture Food & Rural Enterprise (CAFRE) will be busting the myths to reveal the true facts about working in the sector and giving you the real low down on what the Northern Ireland food and drink manufacturing industry is like.

Food and Drink is a £5.4 billion industry in Northern Ireland and is the region’s largest manufacturer. Our success is down to our pure, lush countryside, and farmers and producers who are dedicated to traceability and passionate about quality. It’s a progressive industry based on family farms and fishing businesses, as well as award-winning enterprising food and drink producers, focused on original products.

 

Northern Ireland boasts high-quality raw ingredients, state-of-the-art processing facilities and a world-class food security record which major retailers demand. Our award-winning food and drink comes with full traceability from farm to fork.

 

We’re passionate about our food and want to share that passion with you! Here is what we have planned: 

10.00am    Welcome and introductions

10.05am    CAFRE’s role in producing leaders of the future. An introduction to CAFRE. An opportunity to hear from inspiration industry leaders and how they got to where they are and how CAFRE helped them along the way.

10.45am    BREAK

11.00am    Are you work ready? Learn more about the skills and qualities needed to make you ‘work ready’. You’ll hear about the values and ethics that underpin our industry and find out the types of jobs best suited to your personality

11.30am    From Gate to Plate – the Smoothie Journey. You will learn about the journey a “food item” travels before it gets to our table and the career opportunities it attracts along the way.

12.00pm    LUNCH

12.45pm    Group Project Briefing for Break Out Rooms

1.00pm    Foods of the Future (Student group work). With a focus on innovation you will be given a food product and tasked to create a future food which is innovative and sustainable.

2.00pm        BREAK

2.15pm        Group Feedback from the Industry Challenge and Break Out Rooms

2.50pm        Final recap of the day and completion of Student Feedback Forms

3.00pm        Close

When applying, answer the following questions

  • What do you already know about our organisation?
  • Which of your skills would you like to improve?
  • Passion: What cause(s) are you passionate about? Please also explain why.

More about what we do:

The College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise (CAFRE) offers full-time and part-time courses to educate new entrants and support staff working within the agri-food and rural sectors to improve business efficiency. Food and Drink is a £5.4 billion industry in Northern Ireland and is the region’s largest manufacturer. Our success is down to our pure, lush countryside, and farmers and producers who are dedicated to traceability and passionate about quality. It’s a progressive industry based on family farms and fishing businesses, as well as award-winning enterprising food and drink producers, focused on original products. Northern Ireland boasts high-quality raw ingredients, state-of-the-art processing facilities and a world-class food security record which major retailers demand. Our award-winning food and drink comes with full traceability from farm to fork.

Skills/Experiences You Will Gain:

Listening
 Speaking
 Problem Solving
 Creativity
 Staying Positive
 
 Teamwork

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