Female engineers from some of the biggest names in grocery faced a grilling from schoolchildren this week as they took part in an FDF campaign designed to raise awareness of careers in the sector.

The FDF partnered with the Women’s Engineering Society to launch a series of events to mark National Women in Engineering Day (23 June) and celebrate the achievements of women engineers in food and drink manufacturing.

It held an online event called ‘I’m an Engineer, Get Me Out of Here,’ which let school students discuss with engineers from businesses including Coca-Cola and Nestlé the benefits of working in the industry.

Engineers are also taking part in a series of talks at secondary schools, designed to support the FDF’s pledge to help the government in increasing the participation of women in science, technology, engineering and maths through its ‘Your Life’ campaign.

“Food and drink, the UK’s largest manufacturing sector, employs up to 400,000 people,” said FDF director of employment and skills Angela Coleshill. “And engineering is one key vital specialism we need to continue to grow and remain competitive.

“Through initiatives like the UK’s first MEng Food Engineering degree at Sheffield Hallam University and the government’s Your Life campaign, we are working to raise the profile of food engineering by highlighting the range of rewarding careers on offer and the many benefits of working in an innovative, dynamic and growing sector.”