Food for Thought case study: Careers Day in Moncreiffe Primary School

As part of Business in the Community Scotland's Food for Thought programme, Gleneagles Hotel, North Port Restaurant, ASDA, Provender Brown Deli and Quality Meat Scotland supported the Careers Day in Moncreiffe Primary School. A taster of the world of work within the Scottish Food and Drink industry – worth £10bn/year.

A wide selection of businesses from Food and Drink Industry attended the careers event and introduced their jobs and organisations to P6 and P7 pupils. In rounds of 20 minutes each during an afternoon, the children visited the stalls and engaged with businesses in different ways:

  • Asda: Children learned about the different types of jobs available in ASDA, also their relationship with suppliers including farmers

  • Provender Brown Deli: Children learned about the range of tasks a small food business must cover and how fulfilling the job can be. From customer services, stocktaking, finance, marketing,to personnel management and cleaning. The children also had the chance to taste some of the goods such as caviar, chorizo and olives 

  • Quality Meat Scotland: Children learned about careers in the meat industry. Then they also learned about the importance of a balanced diet and they learned the names of the different cuts

  • North Port Restaurant: Children learned about the job of a chef, the benefits and the challenges. They also learned about the process of designing the menu using locally-sourced produce

  • Gleneagles: Children learned more about the different departments such as kitchen, bar and restaurant. They were also given the task of setting a table using all the cutlery, they learned how to prepare a non-alcoholic cocktail of fruits and ginger, then finally they learned how to make a tasty truffle.

The experience of talking to people currently working in the Food and Drink industry allows the children to expand their horizons, understand the options and make better career choices in the future. The Food and Drink industry is thriving in Scotland and it is a major contributor to the economy (£10bn/year). About one in five works in the industry.

There is opportunity to work and develop in the industry and such events enable children to be aware of the industry from an employability perspective.