Grad reveals the science in foodie careersNews
One graduate at Associated British Foods reveals the science and variety available in food industry careers.
Associated British Foods is one of the largest food producers in the UK and own brands like Ryvita, Silver Spoon and Tabasco. Behind each great product there is scientific research and testing, according to a graduate at the company.
William Jakes joined Associated British Foods' Technical Graduate Scheme in September 2014 after he studied Forensic Chemistry at the University of East Anglia. On the graduate scheme, William has seen how science influences the food products.
"The placements are highly variable, and range from stints in practical laboratory settings to more hands-on manufacturing roles," he says.
"I have spent the last few months in Technical Assurance learning about all aspects of product specifications, packaging, labelling, legislation and nutrition. This has been a steep learning curve and will be great preparation for my next placement where I will be joining the technical team our Cardiff bakery."
William says his interest in the Food and Drink industry started at university.
"I became interested in food science during my Master's project which investigated new technologies in detecting cases of food fraud and other criminal activity in the food supply chain. This led me to pursuing a career in the food industry."
On the Technical Graduate Scheme, graduates view the whole business and its functions.
"I am currently undertaking one of seven rotations around the Allied Milling & Baking business where I experience many different areas of the technical function," William says.
"This involves working with different teams at multiple locations around the country and gives a solid understanding of the business as a whole, which is great preparation for whatever future career I may follow."
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