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


Recruitment goals: talent is nothing without team spirit

18 May 2018 | By Jonathan Fitchew

Interesting recruitment parallels can be drawn with the World Cup and the relegation of Stoke City from the top flight

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Poultry sector gets new apprenticeship scheme

16 May 2018 | By Rachel Graham

The new scheme is designed to provide a pipeline of skilled workers for the industry and develop existing talent

Craig Chambers, Rock Rose Gin

My food & drink job: Craig Chambers, tour guide & general helper, Rock Rose Gin

03 May 2018

Craig’s interest in the drinks industry was sparked by the craft beer boom, which led to a discovery (and love of) craft spirits

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Why aren't companies maximising the apprenticeship levy?

02 May 2018 | By Paul Monk

Currently more than £1.28bn of funding that’s been paid into the levy by companies is sitting in National Apprenticeship Service accounts

Fiona Miller

Let's help educators close the STEM skills gap

19 Apr 2018 | By Fiona Miller

Our industry faces a skills gap, especially in STEM-related roles…

Anna Frost, operations manager at Doisy and Dam

My food & drink job: Anna Frost, operations manager, Doisy & Dam

17 Apr 2018

As operations manager of a fast-growing startup, Anna is required to keep lots of plates spinning at the same time.


Work experience can make a powerful impact on students

06 Apr 2018 | By Paul Monk

In previous articles I’ve highlighted the many ways businesses can engage with students and colleges

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Apprentices are the new interns, there's no dark art to it

14 Mar 2018 | By Camilla Barnard

Rude Health has taken on its first ever apprentice. Camilla Barnard explains why

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Supporting young people through their studies is a win-win

09 Mar 2018 | By Paul Monk

There are several options open to young people when they leave school or college at 18

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Employer activity with young people gets amazing results

08 Feb 2018 | By Paul Monk

Secondary school teachers feel work experience and employer-related activities helped students to do better in exams

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Apprenticeship or degree, it's the work that counts

26 Jan 2018 | By Jonathan Fitchew

The changed discourse surrounding apprenticeships is finally starting to enter the national business consciousness

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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

Ivan Menezes

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

Audrey Barnes and Mike Coupe

'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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