Tilda Together - Street Food Challenge

Through the Tilda Together Street Food Challenge we are asking S1 and S2 pupils across Scotland to create a new street food using any one of Tilda's Wholegrain rice range. More information »
Please submit initial ideas using this form to skills@fdfscotland.org.uk by 21 February 2020.

Braw Lunch Brake Challenge

The Braw Lunch-Brake Challenge is back for its fourth year! We are asking primary 5, 6 and 7 pupils from across Scotland to create an innovative, healthy street food dish – using Scottish produce – they would love to eat during their lunch break. Please send initial dish ideas to skills@fdfscotland.org.uk by 8 May 2020. More information »

Careers in food and drink

A career in the Scottish food and drink industry offers varied opportunities, good pay, exciting prospects and a bright future.

Why work in food and drink?

If you are a scientist, an ideas person or want to work in a dynamic and innovative business environment that offers fantastic progression opportunities food and drink can offer the career for you.

What career opportunities are available?

The Scottish food and drink industry is known across the world for our high quality, nutritious products and we are a vital part of the economy. To maintain this, we need innovators, scientists and engineers to develop and make new products, reformulate existing products, and ensure that we are environmentally responsible. We also need sales, marketing, finance, IT and other business skills. New markets and trends are creating many opportunities for new business startups.

How do I get into a career in food and drink?

Opportunities to enter the industry exist at all levels. You can gain work experience while you are still at school by studying a Foundation Apprenticeship. You can get a job straight from school and train as a Modern Apprentice. Or there are qualifications at college and university that can help access a career in food and drink. You can also apply directly to work in the industry and work your way up, our employers offer good training and development opportunities.

A Future in Food

Our skills initiative, A Future in Food works with partners across Scotland to raise awareness of the career opportunities available in the Scottish food and drink industry. We help young people, educators, career influencers and parents understand these opportunities and the skills needed by employers.

The Scottish Government fund this work through the Scotland Food & Drink Partnership. Our Skills Manager Moira Stalker is on the Scotland Food & Drink People & Skills Board.

20 for 20

Our innovative programme 20 for 20 is supporting our ambition to make food and drink a career destination of first choice. Facilitated by FDF Scotland, our food and drink companies are leading the way by offering work placements, internships, industry specific projects and job opportunities.

The experiences of these individuals and their host companies will help to inform how we can better support the industry recruit their workforce of the future.

If you are a food and drink company interested in finding out more, please contact our Skills Manager Moira Stalker.


Our range of free resources can be used by educators and career influencers when talking to students about career opportunities. Many of these resources can be used as teaching aids and lesson plans can be built around them.

Food and Drink Skills Ambassadors

Our ambassadors inspire young people to consider a career in food and drink. If you work in food and drink and would like to get involved you can sign up as a food and drink ambassador.

More Information

For more information please contact Moira Stalker, FDF Scotland's Skills Manager, at skills@fdfscotland.org.uk.

Last reviewed: 24 Feb 2020