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10 young people working in food and grocery who inspired us in 2017

It’s been a brilliant year for new talent in food & grocery. Here we celebrate 10 of the brightest young stars who are shaping the future of the industry

Audrey Barnes and Mike Coupe

'I never thought of myself as someone who could be a CEO. Meeting Mike changed that'

By Julia Glotz

Edinburgh student Audrey Barnes didn’t think she was the kind of person who’d ever be a CEO. But a day with Sainsbury’s boss Mike Coupe as part of the CEO for a day scheme completely changed her perspective.

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MDS to launch apprenticeships for graduates and school leavers

By Rachel Graham

The training company, chaired by GCA Christine Tacon, is to become an accredited training provider in its own right from early 2018

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Ornua seeks 14 more graduates to join training programme

By Rachel Graham

Successful applicants will be individually mentored by a member of Ornua’s senior management team

Audrey Opdycke Barnes

Edinburgh student to become Sainsbury’s CEO for a day

Audrey Opdycke-Barnes is one of 24 students taking part in the ‘CEO for a day’ scheme

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My food & drink job: Greenvale technical graduate Annabelle May

Since entering the world of fresh produce, Annabelle has been pleasantly surprised by how varied the industry is. She even got to spend five months on sunny Jersey as part of a placement with The Jersey Royal Company

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Fancy a career in food? 10 tips on how to land your dream job

Getting started with a career in food & drink can seem daunting. Here, 10 young people share their best tips for how to get the food job you want

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My food & drink job: Marisol Saona, Tesco

Ambient brand manager Marisol reveals how she tackled some tough questions in her interview for the Tesco marketing graduate scheme - and why she’d love to launch an own-label Aji Amarillo one day

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Five of the most talented young people working in dairy right now

By Beth Gault

At a time of a shocking skills and labour crisis for the whole food sector, the dairy industry has managed to nurture the best talent. We’ve profiled five up and coming young people working in dairy right now. 

M&S food technologist Samuel Higginson

My food & drink job: Samuel Higginson, M&S

Samuel thought he wanted to be a pathologist. Then three days at a food science summer school changed everything and set him on a path towards a career at M&S

Emma Nicholson, Nestle

My food & drink job: Emma Nicholson, Nestlé

Emma shares how she got onto the Nestlé graduate programme, what working in quality assurance is like - and why she loves eating for a living

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What Unilever’s AI hiring experiment tells us about the future of grocery recruitment

By Julia Glotz

The fmcg giant is trying out a new way to hire for some entry-level positions, which is driven almost entirely by algorithms

Graham Hetherington, managing director, Aldi

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Its graduate scheme is where Aldi shines. With a starting salary of £42,000, rising to £73,450 after four years, Aldi is quite clear its graduates will earn every penny

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Make the apprenticeship levy work

In April the government is to introduce a new ‘payroll tax’ in the form of an apprenticeship levy - and it will change companies’ approaches to graduate schemes as much as it will change apprenticeships, says David Lynch of Bis Henderson Academy

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Nestlé pledges to create new work opportunities for under-30s Subscription

By Carina Perkins

The promise is part of Nestlé Needs Youth, offering 35,000 job opportunities in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa

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Calling physics graduates! The food & drink sector needs you

By Julia Glotz

  Physicists have much to offer the food & drink industry but recruitment has been lagging

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SMEs can attract the best graduates, too

By Jonathan Fitchew

Graduates are drawn to the biggest and the ‘best’. But what does this mean for the little guy? asks Jonathan Fitchew of Pareto Law

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Marks & Spencer takes Make Your Mark programme to head office

By Carolyn Robertson

M&S took on 19 graduates at its Paddington HQ this week

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AF Blakemore to launch first graduate training scheme this summer

By Beth Brooks

Wholesaler AF Blakemore is to launch its first graduate scheme this summer

16 students graduate from Harper Adams management course

16 students graduate from Harper Adams management course Subscription

By Sara Spary

Harper Adams University is celebrating graduations from its postgrad certificate in food and fresh produce management…



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