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Inspiring tomorrow’s food engineers

20 November 2013

The Appetite for Skills initiative is picking up the pace of delivery with this month seeing three events held at Sheffield Hallam, Wigan and Reaseheath.

Minister for Skills and Enterprise, Matthew Hancock said: "The food & drink industry is facing a pressing skills gap and it is critical that businesses take action to engage and attract young people into the sector.”

Appetite for Skills, led by the publishers of Food Processing is taking such action by partnering with food engineering companies to deliver engagement events at various Universities and colleges that specialise in the food sector.

The ‘sauces and straws’ activity delivered by Martec has been a particular hit with students allowing them to get hands on practical insight into the issues involved with cleaning stainless steel pipework.

Student feedback includes:“I didn’t realise there is so much engineering in food. I thought that the condiment pipe cleaner was a brilliant idea. It was fun and helped me understand the processes.”

More companies are looking to join Appetite for Skills with Murrelektronik, Olympus Automation and Atlas Copco in attendance as observers before they design their own inspirational student engagement activities.

Planning for next year is already underway. The organisers are considering ways to expand the programme with return events at Holbeach, Nottingham and Sheffield Hallam already on the cards.

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