Pupils from Kempston Challenger Academy in Bedfordshire have been learning about the food industry after receiving a visit from volunteers from the food and grocery sector.
Mike Taylor, managing director of Mondelēz International UK, was among the group who took part in IGD’s Feeding Britain’s Future, which provides guidance to 13- to 17-year-olds on the skills needed in the workplace and insight into the variety of jobs available in the food and grocery supply chain.
“Inspiring the next generation of food and grocery talent is really important both to me and our business and I would encourage my fellow industry colleagues to sign up and share their expertise with students at a school local to them,” said Taylor. “It’s also a great personal development opportunity and I got as much out of it as the students did. Thanks to the team at IGD for facilitating the activity.”
Since the workshops began, 15,000 pupils have attended a workshop. The programme is aiming to train 10,000 pupils by running more workshops in secondary schools and increasing the number of longer-term partnerships between schools and companies.
Ian Evason, executive principal at Kempston Challenger Academy, added: “We are very pleased to be part of the “Feeding Britain’s Future” program of workshops. We feel it is important that industry and the academy work together to give our students opportunities to develop skills for the working world. We look forward to working with IGD and welcoming the industry volunteers in the future.”