Careers in food

This section provides resources and inspiring case studies about careers within food, covering those that 'feed the nation' and 'inform the nation'.

The career opportunities from ‘farm to fork’ are extensive and provide wide variety of opportunities to students. A new poster and supporting case studies are available below to download for guidance and inspiration to students when considering options for next steps and their future career.

Careers in food poster

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Careers in food poster

A classroom poster to showcase the variety of career opportunities available in the food industry.

 

Case studies: careers that 'feed' the nation

Further information and resources about careers in farming can be found at The Institute of Agriculture and Horticulture.   

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Graduate Engineer

Aaya Mohammed, ADM Milling Ltd

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Research Scientist

Sarah Kendall, ADAS

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Technical Manager

Helen Maxwell explains her role as a technical manager at Waitrose.

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Process Manager

James Fox explains his role of process manager for Charlie Bigham's.

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Head of Food & Sustainability

Claire Gibbs, Charlie Bigham’s

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Learning and Development Manager

Ubaed Rahman, Charlie Bigham's

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Customer Development Manager

Kathryn Leatherbarrow, Yeo Valley Family Farm

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Apprentice Food Technologist

Kate Rose, Apprentice Food Technologist, Mondelez.

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Head Stockman

Phil Gordon-Jones, Daylesford Organic Farms Ltd

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Sheep Farmer

Zoë Colville, The Chief Shepherdess

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Technical Milling Coordinator

Liam Melton, Whitworth Bros. Ltd Flour Millers

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Technical Manager - Horticulture

Rebecca Smith, Valley Produce Ltd

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Technical Manager - Red Meat

Darren Atkinson, ABP Wessex Foods

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Group Food Safety Audit Manager

Robert Tunney, Dawn Meats & Dunbia

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Meat, Poultry & Fish Buyer

Charlotte Theaker, Harrods

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Junior Product Developer

Sam Griffiths, Co-op

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Executive Chef

Dennis Mwakulua, Lexington Catering

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Trade Marketing Executive

Martin Eccles, Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB)

 

Case studies: careers that 'inform' the nation

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Dietitian

Sarah Wallace, University Hospital Coventry & Warwickshire

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Food Education Teacher

Lloyd Henry, Ysgol Gyfun Gwyr in Swansea

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Executive Chef Lecturer

Gary Maclean, City of Glasgow College

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Lecturer in Public Health Nutrition

Dr Sarah Bath, University Surrey

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Nutrition Consultant & Writer

Juliette Kellow, Freelance

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Company Nutritionist

Nilani Sritharan, Sainsbury's Ltd.

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Nutrition Manager

Beth Hooper explains their job role as a nutrition manager for Nestle.

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Healthcare Professional Communications Officer

Holly Roper, Quorn Foods

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Food Communications Manager

Denise Spencer-Walker, Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB)

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Brand Managing Director

Kate Sarginson, Weber Shandwick

 

Case studies: apprenticeships

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Bakery Apprentice

Jordan Bradley

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Brewing Apprentice

Hannah Jepson

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Butchery Apprentice

Annie Jones

Careers advice and opportunities

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Apprenticeships in the food industry (Video recording)

Frances is joined by a panel from around the UK, sharing their knowledge of apprenticeships in food

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Apprenticeships in the food industry (Slides)

Slides from the apprenticeship forum, providing key information on apprenticeships

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Foundation Apprenticeship in Food and Drink Technologies

A presentation from Isla Porteous about the Foundation Apprenticeship in Food and Drink Technologies

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Careers in Food and Drink

A presentation from a webinar about careers in food and drink with Amy Crooks from NSAFD.

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Careers in Food and Drink video

Amy Crooks from NSAFD talks careers in the food and drink sector for pupils

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Food careers

Dr Caroline Millman explains the diverse and exciting range of careers options available in food

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Farm to fork careers in Northern Ireland

Liz Simpson, DAERA, highlights the versatile career opportunities for young people in food

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Farm to fork careers in Northern Ireland (Video)

Liz Simpson, DAERA, highlights the versatile career opportunities for young people in food

Uni Connect, a programme by the Office for Students, aims to improve access to higher education for underrepresented groups in England. It offers activities, advice, and resources to help students understand the benefits and realities of university education. Through partnerships, it provides support such as summer schools, open days, online events, teacher training, mentoring, and tailored advice. The programme helps students make informed decisions about their educational futures.

For more details, visit Uni Connect.

Higher Horizons is part of the Uni Connect Programme, aimed at delivering free and impartial higher education outreach in Staffordshire, Shropshire, and Cheshire. The website offers resources for students, parents, carers, and teachers, providing information on university life, activities to support schools, and guidance on post-16 and post-18 educational choices. It highlights their impact, showcasing the number of young people engaged and activities delivered since 2017, and emphasizes themes of informing, experiencing, and enabling educational success.

For more information, visit Higher Horizons.

Reviewed 10.7.24

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