The project, ‘See Inside Manufacturing’ is a yearly scheme organised by the UK Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS).
This year the food and drink industry has been selected as one of the key sectors to participate.
Melanie Leech, director general of FDF, welcomed the opportunity for industry involvement in the scheme.
“As part of our 20/20 vision for growth, we identified attracting talent as one of the key challenges for our sector if we are to deliver sustainable growth of 20% by 2020,” Leech said.
Work is already on-going throughout the industry to overcome this challenge, she said, with the FDF’s careers campaign ‘Taste Success’ but involvement in this government scheme will build on these efforts.
It will “help many more young people to see a career in food and drink manufacturing as an exciting and smart choice,” she added.
Mark Prisk, business minister, said that the involvement of the food and drinks industry is welcomed.
“We want to demonstrate the true value of manufacturing, and this will give young people the chance to see the exciting face of modern manufacturing – highly skilled, high tech and highly paid,” Prisk said.
The ‘See Inside Manufacturing’ scheme will commence in June 2012 and involve a variety of food and drink companies across the UK holding open days for young people.