Coca-Cola Enterprises factory

Wembley students visited CCE’s facility in Edmonton

More than 1,600 students will get a behind-the-scenes understanding of how the biggest fmcg operators work as part of See Inside Manufacturing this month.

The programme, run by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, as well as organisations such as the FDF, aims to inspire young people to consider careers in manufacturing.

Suppliers taking part in See Inside Manufacturing, which runs for the whole of October, include British Sugar, CCE, KP snacks, Mars, Mondelez International, Nestlé, PepsiCo, Thorntons and Wrigley.

The programme kicked off this week when students from Preston Manor High School in Wembley toured CCE’s Education Centre and production facilities in Edmonton, north London. They also got the chance to quiz CCE’s executive management on why they worked in the sector. “Our five UK factory-based education centres have built an excellent relationship with schools, hosting over 20,000 students a year and engaging them with national competitions such as The Real Business Challenge,” said CCE MD Simon Baldry.

Business minister Michael Fallon added: “See Inside Manufacturing gives young people the opportunity to see exactly how manufacturing works on a day-to-day basis, dispelling old myths about factories and inspiring the next generation of engineers. So far the scheme has been hugely successful in doing this.”