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New future for FoodStart

For our 50th Jubilee year in 2014, IFST launched a new free facility called FoodStart, which aimed to provide a single, online resource offering food related placements at all levels – from secondary school work experience through to undergraduate placements and internships. This was developed thanks to the generous support of a number of food sector organisations and also personal donations made by many of our members.

The website launched in late 2014 but, despite considerable time and effort trying to encourage food employers to post placements, we struggled to get the anticipated numbers of placements to make the site a real draw for students. Therefore, with considerable regret, the Board decided earlier this year not to spend any more time on the promotion of FoodStart as a placement portal. The FoodStart name, we believe, does still have resonance and so we still want to put this to good use.

Given the food sector’s constant call to be more ‘joined up’ in the way it tries to attract young people to jobs in food, we have adapted the FoodStart site to be a single portal, sign-posting young people and teachers to some of the wealth of resources about careers in the food sector. The site now signposts not only IFST’s many initiatives but those from many other trusted sources.

We hope that through this new portal, young people will explore a wider range of organisations and resources about food careers. So, whilst the original FoodStart did not achieve the desired outcomes, the FoodStart aim of attracting young people to the food sector continues, thanks to many members’ generous support.

To access FoodStart, please visit www.foodstart.org.uk.



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