IFST 50th jubilee survey studies work placements

By Mike Stones

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Related tags: Food and drink, Employment

The IFST survey aims to help students find the placements they need
The IFST survey aims to help students find the placements they need
The Institute of Food Science & Technology (IFST) is surveying food and drink manufacturers and colleges to gauge the extent of work placement opportunities for students.

The food sector aims to produce a national picture of all opportunities for university and school students covering work experience placements, internships, holiday jobs and the like. 

Jon Poole, IFST chief executive, said: “We know that many companies already have great links with local schools and colleges but we also hear, anecdotally, that many students struggle to find the types of placements they really want.

“Employers can play an important part in stimulating and encouraging young people into the food sector and we believe that one way we can achieve this is by employers showcasing the sector through exciting work placements.”

Food and drink manufacturing employers

Poole urged all food and drink manufacturing employers – from small and medium-sized enterprises to multinationals, private sector and public sector bodies throughout the supply chain – to complete its questionnaire. 

“The more companies that complete this survey, the better picture we can gather for our sector,​”​ said Poole.

The IFST survey can be completed here​.

Meanwhile, earlier this year the boss of Nestlé in the UK and Ireland warned that few would-be food engineers​ were willing to “roll up their sleeves”​ and engage with unskilled and semi-skilled operators.

Nestlé boss Fiona Kendrick complained many youngsters lacked key interpersonal skills and had little or no knowledge of the food industry.

Related topics: People & Skills

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