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Gloucestershire pupils get a taste of the food industry from snacking leader

Press release   •   Jun 12, 2019 07:00 BST

Students from Cleeve School in Cheltenham have been given an insight into how diverse a career in the food industry can be, from engineering and science, to advertising and communications.

Louise Stigant, UK managing director at Mondelēz International, attended the school in Bishop’s Cleeve to speak to some Year 9 students as they begin to plan for life after their exams.

Alongside fellow industry volunteers, Louise shared her knowledge and insights from her career, encouraging discussion amongst the students about the potential careers within grocery from farm to fork.

Throughout the day, pupils took part in activities to identify transferable skills and understand how their subjects help to prepare them for the world of work. They also learnt about volunteers’ career journeys, highlighting the multiple directions a career in the food sector can take.

Mondelēz International works in partnership with IGD – a research and training charity in the food and consumer goods sector – to deliver workshops as part of the long-standing Feeding Britain’s Future campaign.

Now in its fourth year, the initiative helps to prepare thousands of schoolchildren and young people for the world of work. Since the Feeding Britain’s Future workshops began, more than 40,000 pupils from across the UK have attended a workshop.

Alwyn Richards, Principal at Cleeve School, said: “As our students begin making decisions which could shape their futures, we want them to have access to all the options available to them.

“When Directors of Business, and other professionals, take the time to visit us and speak to our students directly, it provides invaluable opportunities to develop life skills for the future and experience the world of work.”

Louise added: “Inspiring the next generation of food and grocery talent is not only really important to me personally, but it’s crucial to the long-term success of our business.

“At Mondelēz International, there are a wealth of diverse and exciting career opportunities and volunteering at an IGD workshop is a great way for us to make a real impact on the students and showcase the diversity of the grocery industry.”

Susan Barratt, CEO at IGD, said: “Each of our volunteers has a unique perspective on the food and consumer goods industry, and provides new insights to those starting out in their careers. They can all be proud of their achievements, and we are grateful for their support.”

For more information on Feeding Britain’s Future, please visit www.IGD.com/feedingbritainsfuture.

About Mondelēz International

Mondelēz International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MDLZ) empowers people to snack right in over 150 countries around the world. With 2018 net revenues of approximately $26 billion, MDLZ is leading the future of snacking with iconic global and local brands such as Oreo, belVita and LU biscuits; Cadbury Dairy Milk, Milka and Toblerone chocolate; Sour Patch Kids candy and Trident gum. Mondelēz International is a proud member of the Standard and Poor’s 500, Nasdaq 100 and Dow Jones Sustainability Index. Visit www.mondelezinternational.com or follow the company on Twitter at www.twitter.com/MDLZ.