A finalist in two categories of the Food Manufacture Excellence Awards 2014, the initiative has worked with industry and education specialists to raise awareness of careers in the chilled food industry amongst teachers and students.
Commenting on the significance of CEd’s on the chilled food sector, Greencore chief executive Patrick Coveney said: “At its inception it was addressing a massive skills gap in the industry. Over the decade we’ve seen graduates, inspired by Chilled Education, join Greencore.
“We’ve also been delighted to be part of the ‘delivery team’ – going to science and careers fairs to join industry colleagues in sharing our experiences, and our enthusiasm for our dynamic industry.”
Coveney noted that, while the industry has changed since the introduction of the CEd, the recruitment and retention of food scientists – and other colleagues – was more critical than ever.
“Chilled Education, therefore, still has an important role to play,” he added. “And if the success of the first ten years is anything to go by, there is much to be optimistic about – as Chilled Education continues to inspire, inform and nurture the next generation of food scientists.”
In response to COVID-19 restrictions last year, CEd evolved to support home schooling. This included more resources available through its website and the development of more than 40 home-based Store Cupboard Science activities and experiments to help increase engagement.
Karin Goodburn, CFA director said: “While we are proud of our successes and eagerly follow the progress of our young graduates our work is by no means over. Our industry’s need for high quality food scientists, and other experts, shows no sign of diminishing as vacant roles continue to mount up.
“However, we are heartened by the overwhelming positive experiences reported by the new recruits and will be using those testimonials to encourage others. They go a long way to correct the many misconceptions about the industry that have proved a barrier for many people.”