Big names in food industry hoping to attract new talent in Grimsby

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An event which aims to give young people an insight into the diverse range of careers within the food sector is taking place in Grimsby next month (Thursday 14th February).  

The Future of Food event is organised and co-ordinated by the Grimsby Institute and Seafish, the public body that supports the £10bn UK seafood industry Some of the biggest food employers in the Humber region will be exhibiting at the event including Young’s Seafood, Seachill, New England Seafood and Morrisons,

Now in its third year, the event hosted at the Grimsby Institute, showcases a wide range of career opportunities as well as the benefits associated with a career in the food sector. Open to local schools, pupils will have the opportunity to talk to a variety of employers to find out how they can get in to the industry.  

Julie Snowden, Regional Manager at Seafish, said: “This event is designed to promote the vast range of career choices that are available in food businesses, with a specific focus on the seafood sector.

“It’s no secret the food industry will face some challenges and changes once we leave the EU so it is important to showcase this exciting and diverse sector, highlighting the scope of opportunities available to make it attractive to the future local workforce. There’s a sea of career opportunities, both locally and across the UK with roles ranging from manufacturing, new product development, buying and marketing to name a few.”

The event draws interest from the manufacturing, global trade, retail and foodservice sectors of the UK food industry. There will also be live demos, masterclasses and careers stands. Ivan Jaines-White, manager at the Grimsby Seafood Village and the self-titled ‘Girly Fishmonger’ Emma McKeating will be among those doing live demonstrations.

Speaking ahead of the event, Emma McKeating said: “I love being a fishmonger, no two days are ever the same. From merchandising the stand with the fresh catch to interacting with customers, my role allows me to be creative on a daily basis and share my knowledge and passion with others.

“I believe the food sector is one of a kind; it’s full of opportunities and is a very viable option for those after an exciting career path. I’m looking forward to sharing my experiences with the students on the 14th February.”

Those attending the event will have the chance to network with industry representatives, who it’s hoped will inspire young people to take up roles in the sector.

Stand space is still available for employers who would like to take part by contacting Julie Snowden julie.snowden@seafish.co.uk or Chloe Tate tatec@grimsby.ac.uk

Local schools should register to attend via Eventbrite by following this link or by searching “The Future of Food 2019” at www.eventbrite.co.uk