The agri-food industry in Lincolnshire is booming. And it’s crying out for new talent.

For years, Lincolnshire has led the way in food production – but for every one job in production and agriculture, there will be at least 10 elsewhere in the food chain.

Last year, Riseholme College, a part of Bishop Burton College, invested more than £24m in new facilities, aimed at broadening the land-based college’s provision into the agri-food, health and nutrition sectors.

The new facilities, featuring state of the art sports facilities, health laboratories and food technology kitchens will play a key role in filling a skills gap in food, nutrition and health in the region. The college’s new provision in health, nutrition and food explores the full food chain; everything from food distribution to marketing, and all stages in between.

                

The new food and nutrition provision also dovetails in with sport and fitness; exploring the links between nutrition and elite performance. Young people will be able to learn about the impact of nutrition on sports performance and then put theory into practice using our state-of-the-art fitness centre.

In summer, the College hosted a ‘Field to Fork’ event which saw more than 500 young people from across Lincolnshire take part in a range of hands-on activities, led by more than 30 employers from the agri-food industries. The event shone a spotlight on the opportunities available to young people and gave them the opportunity to experience the diversity of the sector.

Riseholme College’s food and nutrition progamme leader, Caroline Gollin said; “The food industry in Lincolnshire is a major employer so it’s vital we look at ways to make the sector appealing to young people. Our hugely successful ‘Field to Fork’ event really helped to showcase how exciting a career in the food industry can be so here’s hoping we’ve inspired some people to consider the sector.

“In the autumn, we will also be teaming up with Danny Gill from Brown’s Pies, to create a series of pop-up restaurant experiences in schools across Lincolnshire. Students will be given the chance to experience what it’s like to work alongside an award-winning chef and will learn about the skills it takes to work in a busy restaurant environment.

“It is hope that these experiences, combined with our fantastic facilities and new provision, will inspire young people to stay in the county and pursue a career in the agri-food industry.”

From September, courses in professional cookery, including apprenticeships for students aged 16 and over, and a BTEC Level 3 Food Technology and Management course will be running at the college’s Showground campus. To find out more about the College and its courses, visit www.riseholme.ac.uk