This page brings together The Grocer’s news, insight and commentary on all things new talent – from graduate careers and the impact of the apprenticeship levy to profiles on up-and-coming talent and the latest on our Top New Talent Awards

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Müller looks to next generation of dairy farmers with new group

16 Jan 2018 | By Rachel Graham

Müller Direct Next Generation will see dairy giant support young farmers build ‘vibrant dairy businesses for the future’

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How can we bring more young people into entry-level roles?

12 Jan 2018 | By Paul Monk

Last month, I highlighted the fact that many sixth form students have little idea what they want to do career-wise

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

02 Jan 2018

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

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Diageo CEO calls for action on youth unemployment

28 Nov 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

UK CEOs from the likes of HSBC, M&S, IBM and Starbucks are flagging up the 790,000 young people out of work

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

27 Nov 2017 | 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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Apprenticeships can help cultivate young skilled workers – but the levy is not delivering so far Subscription

21 Nov 2017 | By Rachel Graham

Various food industry bodies have previously outlined ambitions to attract 140,000 apprentices by 2020, but that ambition currently seems a million miles away …

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Top New Talent: the class of 2017 Video

20 Nov 2017 | By Megan Tatum

The Top New Talent awards 2017 celebrated an astonishing diversity of young talent working across food and drink

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MDS to launch apprenticeships for graduates and school leavers

20 Nov 2017 | 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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Brilliant TNT millennials blast away snowflake slurs

17 Nov 2017 | By Megan Tatum

We millennials get a bad rap if you ask me…

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5 reasons to consider a traineeship if you’re interested in a career in food retail

16 Nov 2017 | By Debbie Gardiner

Traineeships are a great way to try out a potential career and see if it’s the right fit for you, says Debbie Gardiner of Qube Learning

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People should be every business's number one priority

09 Nov 2017 | By Steve Parfett

Four recent events have turned my thoughts to why treating people properly is so important, says Steve Parfett of AG Parfett & Sons

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How can we position food and drink as a great career option?

02 Nov 2017 | By Paul Monk

I’ve yet to be approached by a sixth form student who says they specifically want to work in the industry

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The Apprenticeship Levy: not passing the test so far? Subscription

20 Oct 2017 | By Richard Pendleton

In April, the government kicked off the Apprenticeship Levy with the lofty aim of creating a new generation of apprentices

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Apprenticeship Levy blamed for decline in new starters

16 Oct 2017 | By Emma Weinbren

Last August, the BRC said it supported the levy’s aims and “wanted it to succeed”…

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Ornua seeks 14 more graduates to join training programme

16 Oct 2017 | By Rachel Graham

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

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Open doors for young talent - the reward makes it worthwhile

14 Oct 2017 | By Laura-Jane Rawlings

Early talent teams are sharpening their focus to attract more young people - and with good reason, says Laura-Jane Rawlings of Youth Employment UK

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Greggs launches national retail apprenticeship scheme

10 Oct 2017

120 training spots are up for grabs across the country

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Winners of Top New Talent awards 2017 chosen

10 Oct 2017 | By Megan Tatum

From a record number of entries, we’ve selected 32 rising stars of the food & drink industry…

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Edinburgh student to become Sainsbury’s CEO for a day

05 Oct 2017

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

03 Oct 2017

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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