All Careers Advice

  • What Food Hygiene Qualifications do I need to work in the food industry?
    Want to work for top food and drink brands like Mars, Nestlé and Coca-Cola? You’re in the right place. But let’s get one thing straight: you may have the drive and passion you need to make it in this fast-moving industry but, without a food hygiene qualification, you won’t get your foot in the fa...
  • A passion for science and an innovative mind-set are the most important quality you need to learn how to do the technically complex work at Reading Science Centre, says trainee food scientist Ethan Harris
  • ‘It’s not just a man’s job’ Being female is no barrier to being an engineer, according to Dawn Woodcock, who’s a multi-skilled maintenance apprentice at Mondelēz International
  • The fast pace of the food industry was a “massive shock” for Evie Goodliffe when she started her technical apprenticeship at Bakkavor’s Holbeach site, which makes pizzas for the retailers
  • Working with “the weird and the wonderful” is one reason why Calum McOmish, laboratory manager at Mondelēz International Reading Science Centre hasn’t looked back since choosing a career in the food industry. He shares a day in his life with FoodManJobs.
  • You don’t need formal training to get ahead in the food business, says Thom Joseph, creative chef at London bakery Cocomaya, which makes premium cakes for the likes of Harrods and Fortnum & Mason
  • In a bid to encourage more female students to study engineering and become inspired to choose careers in the food industry, the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) will be taking school girls on a series of food factory visits this year.
  • Being given major responsibility early in her career is one of the best aspects of working in the food industry for Natasha Webb, a graduate trainee on Bakkavor’s accelerated management scheme for manufacturing. She shares a day in her life with FoodManJobs.
  • Want to work in food manufacturing? Here are some tips from Pippa Greenslade, group HR director of Bakkavör, which makes products for Waitrose and Marks & Spencer
  • Food manufacturers are offering free training to 15,000 young unemployed people in 1,200 locations across the UK this month.
  • Demanding, evolving, delicious. That’s how new product development manager Jennifer Clarke describes working at Cucina Sano, part of the Bakkavör group. She shares a day in her life with FoodManJobs.
  • He made it to the final four in last year’s BBC TV series The Apprentice, now Nick Holzherr is now running his own apprenticeship scheme at his food-related business Whisk. He shares the benefits with FoodManJobs.
  • In 1988 Fiona Dawson left Trinity College Dublin and joined Mars’ graduate trainee programme. Her mum said she wouldn’t stick it out but now she’s the president of Mars Chocolate UK. So what tips for success can this high-achieving woman offer young people who are starting a career in the food i...
  • With over 500,000 people and around 13% of the UK manufacturing workforce employed within food and drink, the competition for jobs is incredibly tough.

  • Top marks in the search to find a college to offer the nation’s first dedicated food and drink engineering degree have gone to Sheffield Hallam University. The university was selected to produce world-class engineers, said the Food and Drink Federation (FDF), which made the announcement today (July 7) in partnership with the National Skills Academy for Food and Drink (NSAFD).

  • If you don’t buck your ideas up and work harder at school, son, you’ll end up in that god-awful food factory down the road.” It’s a phrase I’ve heard in various guises over the years and expresses the views held by many parents about the food manufacturing sector. Hence the Food and Drink Federation’s

  • The main aim of a covering letter is to encourage recruiters to read your CV. However, it needs to do a lot more than say, 'here is my CV!'. In short, it is the biggest chance you have to sell yourself.
  • Rapport is the connection between two people; the spoken and unspoken words that say ‘we are on the same page’. In an interview situation you can employ numerous techniques to maximize the rapport between yourself and your interviewer.
  • A Curriculum Vitae is a self-marketing tool and getting an interview can depend on how good your CV is. You will need to consider what to include, how much detail is needed and how to make your CV stand out from all the others.
  • Understandably, many people find discussing salaries uncomfortable and embarrassing during an interview. However, most interviewers expect some bartering and, if it motivates you to put more into the job, it is worthwhile for both the applicant and the employer.