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The Scottish government has announced £390,000 funding to boost careers in food & drink.

The move was welcomed by FDF Scotland, which will use the money to extend its ‘A Future in Food’ programme to 2020.

The programme raises awareness about food & drink careers among pupils, teachers and parents.

Employability minister Jamie Hepburn confirmed the funding during a visit to Kirkintilloch High School, in East Dunbartonshire.

“Scotland’s food and drink industry is a vital part of our economy - it is going from strength to strength and has ambitious growth targets for the future. Skills and training is a key pillar of Ambition 2030, with 27,000 job openings predicted in the sector over the next 10 years,” he said.

“I want to make sure that our labour market is in a position to support this projected growth and supply the next generation of professionals for the industry.

“This programme will help teachers, pupils and parents better understand the food and drink industry in Scotland by highlighting the wide variety of careers on offer along with the progression routes and pathways to access them.”

FDF Scotland CEO David Thomson added: “We welcome the continued long-term support from Scottish government. Scotland’s food & drink industry is a great place to be. To ensure future success we need to encourage students to start and further their careers in the sector.

“This programme provides an opportunity for many young people to have a taste of a future career in food & drink.”