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Macphie hosts food science career day

By Gwen Ridler

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Student descended on the manufacturer’s Glenbervie factory to learn the ins and outs of the food and drink industry
Student descended on the manufacturer’s Glenbervie factory to learn the ins and outs of the food and drink industry

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Scottish ingredients manufacturer Macphie played host to the next generation of food and drink scientists at the Institute of Food, Science and Technology’s (IFST’s) annual LaunchPad event.

Budding young students from Glasgow Caledonian University, Robert Gordon University and Abertay University descended on the manufacturer’s Glenbervie factory to learn the ins and outs of working in the food and drink industry.

These food scientists of tomorrow also learned more about graduate careers from members of the Macphie team and were taught how to improve their CVs and interview techniques.

Next generation

Former Abertay University graduate and Macphie product designer Jamie McDonald was on hand to share his experiences as someone who recently kicked off his career in food science, having joined the business following a successful three-month placement at the end of last year.

Dr Jon Wilkin, senior lecturer in new product development at Abertay University said: "It was great to see Jamie sharing the many wonderful skills he has picked up during his new role at Macphie and how his placement helped him on this journey.

“It was clear that Jamie’s experiences and the success he has already achieved in this ever-growing industry resonated with students at the event who I’m sure will be inspired to follow in his footsteps. Macphie has provided our students with an abundance of fantastic opportunities and we are looking forward to witnessing the development of the future food and drink workforce.”

Career experience

Other speakers at the event included Macphie’s Open Innovation Manager, Paul McKnight, and two of the firm’s Employee Experience team, Jayne Dutch and Victoria Goodyear, who discussed their career path journeys and what the company looks for in potential employees.

Students were also received a full tour of the Glenbervie factory and its development facilities.

Commenting on the event, IFST chief executive Tim McLachlan said: “By organising these events annually, we aim to provide students with an experience to strengthen their insights and experience of the food sector beyond the lecture theatre and help provide a snapshot of possible careers in the industry.

“We are grateful to Macphie for hosting the event this year and to their leading team of experts for sharing their valuable experiences with the students – we are expecting a lot of inspired youngsters to try and secure further opportunities with this highly respected food firm.”

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