Kirkintilloch High School VisitGareth Marshall
With the Scottish government investing funds into educating school pupils in careers in the food and drink industry, the Food and Drink Federation (FDF), members of the goverment and our own Stewart Collins visisted the local Kirkintilloch Kigh School on Monday 4th September!
The visit was to talk to pupils and to promote careers in the ever growing food and drink industry.
Employability Minister Jamie Hepburn confirmed the funding during a visit to Kirkintilloch High School in East Dunbartonshire, at the start of Scottish Food and Drink Fortnight.
“Scotland’s food and drink industry is a vital part of our economy – it is going from strength to strength and has ambitious growth targets for the future. Skills and training is a key pillar of Ambition 2030, with 27,000 job openings predicted in the sector over the next 10 years. I want to make sure that our labour market is in a position to support this projected growth and supply the next generation of professionals for the industry. This programme will help teachers, pupils and parents better understand the food and drink industry in Scotland by highlighting the wide variety of careers on offer along with the progression routes and pathways to access them.”
CEO of Food and Drink Federation (FDF) Scotland David Thomson said:
“We welcome the continued long-term support from Scottish Government. Scotland’s food and drink industry is a great place to be. To ensure future success we need to encourage students to start and further their careers in the sector. This programme provides an opportunity for many young people to have a taste of a future career in food and drink.”
We were absolutely blown away by the reception we received from everyone at Kirkintilloch High School. From the Depute Head waiting outside in the rain with pupils holding umbrellas for guests, to the senior pupils being on hand to meet and greet us, the other invited guests taking time to attend and of course, the pupils and staff that participated in the Butchery and Beyond speaking so enthusiastically about the programme and its impacts and then the wonderful hospitality we received, it was very much appreciated.
We really do understand all the hard work that the staff and pupils put into making the reception so successful, especially in such a short timescale. The pupils were an absolute credit to the school, they looked so smart and dealt with all their guests with real professionalism and courtesy.
We have really enjoyed working with Kirkintilloch High School and we are very much looking forward to further developing this partnership in the future. We hope that our work with local businesses and events like yesterday, that are occasionally generated by this work, provide real value to the school community.
Thanks again to all that took part!
Find out more about:
Future in Food was launched in 2012 and, to date:
- 13,000 pupils have participated in food education activities.
- 1,600 pupils and 2,040 teachers have visited industry sites.
- 500 teachers have gained Continuing Professional Development (CPD).
- 80,000 resources created through the programme have been downloaded.
- 26,000 pupils have accessed information about food and drink careers at career events.