There are many ways to demonstrate your interest in a career in the food industry; one of which may be to participate in one of the many competitions offered by a range of food businesses and organisations. Taking part in competitions is a fantastic way to enhance your CV, network with food professionals and make connections across the sector.
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Secondary school competitions:
TeenTech - the TeenTech Awards, headed by former Tomorrow’s World presenter Maggie Philbin, was founded in 2008 to engage UK Secondary school students with STEM subjects and inspire them with the opportunities open to them by continuing with study in science, engineering, technology and mathematics. One of the award categories is 'The Future of Food'.
Ecotrophelia - the UK competition, organised by IFST with Campden BRI, is a Dragons' Den style competition open to undergraduate student teams competing to develop an eco-innovative food product. The winning team goes on to represent the UK in an EU-wide final.
Kraft Heinz Team Challenge - run by IFST and sponsored and supported by Kraft Heinz and John Wiley & Sons. This competition encourages undergraduate teams to think about how they will inspire and encourage the next generation of young food scientists and technologists.
IFST's Young Scientist Competitions - offers undergraduate/postgraduate students (UK) the opportunity to present their current/recently completed food-related project in front of their peers and to a panel of food professionals.
The Farmers Club Pinnacle Awards - open to students on a course relating to rural economy who will complete a practically based business related project as part of their course during the academic year.
If you'd like to get a taste of university life as well as explore the role of science in the food industry then attend one of the summer schools. It's also great to add onto your CV!
Food Science Summer Schools - food science summer schools for Year 12 students at Cardiff Metropolitan University, University of Leeds, University of Reading, Harper Adams University and University of Nottingham.
Employers love it when you have shown an interest outside of the classroom for the industry you want to join. Detailed below are some activities you could get involved in.
STEMNET STEM Ambassador - if you're over 17 and have an interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and/or Mathematics or are in the chilled food manufacturing sector then you can volunteer to become an ambassador. An ambassador's duties could involve giving lessons to young people, helping with projects in after-school STEM clubs, giving career talks, challenge days or judging competitions.
IFST - go along to a food science event and check out what those in industry have to say about current issues.
Fun & games
Explore Food - a nutritional analysis tool that lets you create your own food labels and analyse and compare diets
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