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Appetite for Skills

There is a skills gap looming in science, technology and engineering, with over 170,000 new employees needed to bolster the food and beverage industry by 2020. To reach this goal, a two-fold increase is needed in the number of engineer graduates in the UK, but this can’t be achieved without doubling the number of young people studying physics as part of GCSE triple science, with particular focus on increasing the take up amongst females. Students need to be exposed to different types of careers that may not have been introduced to them as an option before, and increase their opportunities to meet inspirational leaders from a wide range of engineering and food and beverage sectors, highlighting the value placed on STEM skills.

Whilst there has been a call for collaborative action across government, the food and beverage industry and schools, students need to be truly inspired to realise that the food and beverage industry, the largest manufacturing sector in the UK, offers exciting career opportunities and the possibility of true career progression. Engineering uses maths and science, it is high-tech with many routes into a good career in the food and beverage industry through schools, colleges, UTC’s, universities and apprenticeships.

Appetite for Skills was conceived to inspire young people and introduce an exciting industry as an option for their future career. Between 50 – 100 young students, most undecided on a career-path and between the ages of 14 – 18, are invited to spend two hours in a number of handpicked colleges and universities around the UK where they spend time with experts in the food and beverage engineering industry. They are given practical demonstrations of the type of equipment used, shown applications of usage and they learn how the industry uses automation and engineering to deliver products safely, consistently and reliably.

We work with the Food and Drink Federation (FDF), The National Skills Academy and with food and beverage manufacturers to develop and grow the future Appetite for Skills days.


25th February 2015
University of Lincoln (Holbeach)

18th March 2015
Sheffield Hallam University

24th June 2015
Wigan University Technical College

2nd July 2015
University of Nottingham

4th November 2015
Sheffield Hallam University

We need your support to help take an inspirational message into the educational arena. If you would like to take part, please contact the team at or on 01732 359990.