The food industry is a major employer and contributor to the local economy and the food processing sector continues to go from strength to strength. So it is no surprise that school leavers are increasingly interested in food industry careers.
Throughout the year a number of sixth form pupils have taken the opportunity to sample the work of a food technologist, by participating in the schools work placement programme at CAFRE’s Loughry Campus, Cookstown. The pupils got the opportunity to work in the extensive scientific and technical facilities unique to Loughry and experience the varied careers within this dynamic industry, including developing new products, manufacturing foods as well as testing the nutritional quality and safety of food.
Their work placement also allowed the pupils to hear about the food courses on offer at Loughry and to get a taste of student life at the campus. Enrolments on food courses at Loughry Campus are at their highest for many years and the very practical nature of the courses combined with superb facilities and great links to food companies make Loughry an ideal stepping stone to a successful, well paid career.
For further information about the courses at Loughry Campus freephone 0800 0284291.
Loreto Grammar School pupils Niamh Curran, (Dromore), Claire McAlinney, (Fintona) and Lauren Duddy, (Killyclogher) start developing their career as a food technologist with the help of Roisin Lagan, Loughry Campus
Rebecca O’Rourke, from Assumption Grammar School, Ballynahinch and Daniel Cartin, from Our Lady and St Patrick’s College, Knock get a slice of the action during their work experience at Loughry Campus.