Votes in for Food Industry placement award as course numbers rise
25 February 2015
Last year Harper Anderton was delighted to be asked to sponsor the Graham Jelfs placement award at the University of Reading. Founded in 2008, the award’s purpose is to re-install a greater level of interest in Food Science related degrees and careers owing to the lack of, and need for, such professionals in the industry.
Over the last few years the interest in graduate placements has grown exponentially from a range of companies that are connected to the food industry, from manufacturers to food retailers.
All food science related degrees offered by the University are now four-year sandwich courses that include a year-long industrial/commercial placement, giving a more practical learning basis throughout the course. The award has been a fantastic barometer for success and a high number of students have gone on to start very promising careers within the food industry.
Lilly Mae Liddicott (pictured left), Head of Industrial Training for the Food Science department explained how Reading University has seen steady growth of candidates for food related degrees in the last few years citing increased interest in nutrition and a higher level of exposure driven by the media in the industry as a whole as reason for this.
Tom Apperley, Managing Director of Harper Anderton will meet this year’s winner and present the prize at the end of March.
Harper Anderton are the only company in the UK to specialise within NPD, R&D & innovation within the food industry.
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