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Inspiring the next generation about working in the food sector

16 July 2017

Along with others from the food and grocery sectors, Mike Taylor, managing director of Mondelez International UK, recently spent the day at Kempston Challenger Academy to help inspire the next generation to work in the food industry. 

Taylor was taking part in Feeding Britain’s Future, a programme set up by research and training company, IGD, to provide guidance to 13 – 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. 

He shared his knowledge, experience and career stories with the pupils, helping to bring the food and grocery industry to life. He said: “We are really proud to support Feeding Britain’s Future and it was a real privilege to meet students at Kempston Challenger Academy and share my industry insights and career path with them. 

“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.  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.”

Joanne Denney-Finch, IGD chief executive, said: “Feeding Britain’s Future is having a real impact on thousands of students: nine out of ten students tell us they feel more prepared for the world of work following a workshop.

“The programme brings the industry together to inspire the next generation. We can’t do this alone; 1,200 industry volunteers went back to school last year and we are proud of everyone’s continued support which is invaluable to Feeding Britain’s Future.” Since the Feeding Britain’s Future school workshops began, 15,000 students have attended a workshop. 

The programme is aiming to train 10,000 students by running more workshops in secondary schools and increasing the number of longer-term partnerships between schools and companies.

If you would like to participate in Feeding Britain’s Future, or would like to find out more about the campaign, visit

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