Joanne Burke describes the aims of the recent Food Science Summer School at the University of Leeds and the activities undertaken by participants.

work placement in food science

Wow, what a year it has been! I am undertaking a BSc in Food Science with Industrial Training at the University of Reading and am currently completing my placement year. At present I’m the secretary of the IFST Student Group but am soon to take on the role of president. I also write the student newsletters along with Alice Bryant.

Melanie Hargraves explains the benefits and pitfalls of training in nutrition science.

The health, financial and societal costs of being either over or under-nourished mean nutrition is increasingly becoming a priority for research, Government policy and media focus.

Emma Weston, Associate Professor, Division of Food Sciences, University of Nottingham, initiated a research project in 2015 to explore what makes a ‘great graduate for the food industry’ and how educators can optimise curricula to facilitate this. She describes the progress to date.

Andrew Gardner provides an update on IFST’s work to promote food science education.

Food education


Sarah Brown describes the first ‘Leaders of Tomorrow’ lecture and BRC Global Standards' ambitions for the new series of events.

Since 1998, BRC Global Standards has championed food safety through publication of its Global Standard for Food Safety. This was developed by food industry experts from retailers, manufacturers and food service organisations. The Standard provides a framework to manage product safety, integrity, legality and quality, and the operational controls for these criteria in the food and food ingredient manufacturing, processing and packing industries.

Hristina Georgieva talks about what she has learnt during the placement in the food industry. 

Sara Sharp of the Chartered Institute of Horticulture explains how the horticulture industry is encouraging young people to grow their own careers.

Most people remember that at school, there was never an option to study horticulture. Teachers knew nothing of the opportunities available. The UK governmental careers advice service, Connexions, which was disbanded in 2011, seemed to largely direct pupils into the recognised professional career paths, such as law, teaching and nursing.

Grow Careers Website

Sharon Green from the National Centre for Food Manufacturing at the University of Lincoln, one of the universities involved in developing the Degree Apprenticeship programme, explains how the apprenticeships will bring together the best of higher education and vocational training to plug the skills gap in food manufacturing.

Apprenticeship reform

Sue Densley of The National Skills Academy for Food & Drink describes progress towards the establishment of Degree Apprenticeships for food technical professionals.

The Degree Apprenticeship is a four-year programme which embeds a BSc (Hons) Food Science and Technology degree alongside a structured work-based training programme."

The National Skills Academy for Food & Drink (NSAFD) has been working with employers, universities and the IFST to develop a degree apprenticeship programme for food technical professionals.


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