Youngsters from the Kempston Challenger Academy met with the managing director of Mondelēz International UK, Mike Taylor, who spent the day in the school to help inspire the next generation.
Mr Taylor, along with a handful of other volunteers from the food and grocery industry, returned back to school to inspire and educate students about the world of work.
The volunteers were taking part in IGD’s Feeding Britain’s Future, which provides guidance to 13 – 17-year-olds on the skills needed in the workplace and insight into the variety of jobs available in the food and grocery supply chain.
Mr Taylor shared his vast knowledge, experience and career stories with the pupils, helping to bring the food and grocery industry to life.
The workshops also featured activities designed to build confidence and develop key employability skills like communication, teamwork and decision-making.
Mike Taylor, MD UK, of Mondelēz International said: “We are really proud to support Feeding Britain’s Future and it was a real privilege to meet students at Kempston Challenger Academy and share my industry insights and career path with them.
“Inspiring the next generation of food and grocery talent is really important both to me and our business and I would encourage my fellow industry colleagues to sign up and share their expertise with students at a school local to them. It’s also a great personal development opportunity and I got as much out of it as the students did. Thanks to the team at IGD for facilitating the activity.”
Joanne Denney-Finch, IGD Chief Executive, said: “Feeding Britain’s Future is having a real impact on thousands of students: nine out of ten students tell us they feel more prepared for the world of work following a workshop.
“The programme brings the industry together to inspire the next generation. We can’t do this alone; 1,200 industry volunteers went back to school last year and we are proud of everyone’s continued support which is invaluable to Feeding Britain’s Future.”
Ian Evason Executive Principal at the Academy added: “We are very pleased to be part of the "Feeding Britain's Future" program of workshops. We feel it is important that industry and the academy work together to give our students opportunities to develop skills for the working world. We look forward to working with IGD and welcoming the industry volunteers in the future.”
Since the Feeding Britain’s Future school workshops began, 15,000 students have attended a workshop.
The programme will increase its impact in 2017 and is aiming to train 10,000 students by running more workshops in secondary schools and increasing the number of longer-term partnerships between schools and companies.
If you would like to participate in Feeding Britain’s Future, or would like to find out more about the campaign, visit www.igd.com/feedingbritainsfuture