There is a skills gap looming in science, technology and engineering, with over 170,000 new employees needed to bolster the food and beverage industry by 2020. Appetite for Skills (A4S) was conceived to inspire young people to consider careers in engineering in the food industry.
Between 50 – 100 young students, most undecided on a career-path and between the ages of 14 – 18, are invited to spend two hours in a number of handpicked colleges and universities around the UK where they spend time with experts in the food and beverage engineering industry. They are given practical demonstrations of the type of equipment used, shown applications of usage and they learn how the industry uses automation and engineering to deliver products safely, consistently and reliably.
Festo will once again be supporting the Appetite for Skills initiative in 2015 with bionics presentations alongside other industry organisation such as the Food and Drink Federation (FDF), The National Skills Academy and food and beverage manufacturers.
A4S 2015 dates are:
- Wednesday 25th February - Holbeach, University of Lincoln
- Wednesday 18th March - Sheffield Hallam University
- Wednesday 24th June - Wigan UTC
- Thursday 2nd July - Nottingham University
- Wednesday 4th November - Sheffield Hallam and the UTC
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