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Food and drink production is a vibrant, innovative and exciting industry. It’s the biggest manufacturing sector in the country larger than automotive and aerospace combined and is a vital part of the UK economy. Nearly half a million people play a part in producing a fantastic range of food and drink that is enjoyed here in the UK and around the globe.

Types of roles

It’s a hugely diverse industry, offering employment to people with a wide array of skills and talents. Whether you’re looking for an entry-level job in production or packing, or a technical or leadership role in food science, engineering or sustainability, then the industry could have a role for you.

Benefits of working in manufacturing

Many businesses also offer the opportunity to keep learning and gain professional qualifications within areas such as team or project management, health and safety, and food safety.

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Desirable skills

Most food and drink businesses also offer a wide range of apprenticeships and degree apprenticeships that can support your development and progression within their business. For more technical and senior jobs, you’ll usually need the right qualifications or experience. If you have qualifications in STEM subjects (that’s Science, Technology, Engineering or Maths), then a huge range of specialist roles could be open to you, including food engineers, process operators, technical professionals, food technologists, packaging technologists or new product development technicians.

For graduate level roles, you’d normally need at least a 2:2 pass in a subject that’s relevant to the job you’re applying for.

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