GRIMSBY is to host a major event next month in a bid to steer more young people towards a career in food and in the seafood industry in particular.
Organised by Seafish and the Grimsby Institute, the Future of Food careers conference on February 22 is also aimed at key stakeholders and employers, both on the Humber and around the UK.
The keynote speakers will include successful food entrepreneur Amanda Perry; leading UK fishmonger Gary Hooper, who will give a demonstration of his skills; Emma McKeating, who describes herself as the ‘girly fishmonger’ and who has been hailed as a ‘brilliant advocate for women wanting to enter a traditionally male dominated industry’; and Karen Galloway, who has worked in the food and seafood sector for the past 25 years.
Julie Snowden, English account manager at Seafish, said: ‘The primary aim of the event is to give young people a real insight into the diverse range of careers within the food sector.
‘Students will be able to interact with a variety of employers within the sector and understand how to access a multitude of career pathways.’
Building on the success of the first event in 2017, this has now become an annual meeting, attracting many significant employers from the sector.