Sector Insights

Feeding Scotland's culinary talent

The food and drink sector plays an important role in the Scottish economy, employing more than 36,000 people in a range of exciting career opportunities.

Published: 06/07/2017

The food and drink sector plays an important role in the Scottish economy, employing more than 36,000 people* in a range of exciting career opportunities.

Many graduates have started their career in this vibrant sector through our ScotGrad placements. These placements have been varied, ranging from managing social media channels or identifying growth opportunities in overseas markets to working on new product development and it is something we continue to offer, with a range of exciting challenges available.

Recent placements have included:

Online food business Real Food Source, which specialises in healthy, organic products, launched a search for a content management/web design graduate. The company was looking for a creative, technical graduate to support their growth ambitions.

Border Biscuits, which has been manufacturing biscuits for over 30 years, has seen a steady increase in sales year on year and as part of their growth plans they recruited a Graduate Operations Management Assistant to look at ways of making improvements to the manufacturing process.

Argyll-based, Beinn an Tuirca start-up distillery was focused on entering the gin market. Located on the Torrisdale Castle Estate in Kintyre, the company was looking for a graduate with an insight in distilling to help the owners realise their ambition of launching a Kintyre Gin.

Angus Dundee Distillers, which has over 60 years of experience of distilling, bottling and exporting Scotch Whisky products and other spirits around the world, recruited a Contract Management Development Graduate through ScotGrad. The 12-month placement was to support the organisation on a process improvement project to deliver business benefits to both the company and customers.

This is just a small taste of the many career opportunities in the food and drink sector in Scotland, an area which is continuing to grow and reach new markets. Scotland’s food and drink industry has seen food exports increase by more than 50% over the past 10 years to £815 million in 2014 and we are incredibly proud that our ScotGrad Associates are playing their part in this success.

The industry also represents many exciting opportunities for graduates in the future with predictions suggesting that businesses will require around 19,000 new recruits by 2024 in order to meet the skills needs.  We are confident that our ScotGrad Associates will continue to go from strength to strength as they make a valuable contribution to the growth of food and drink sector.

To hear more about recent food and drink placements, please check out our ScotGrad success stories.

*Source: Food and Drink Federation Scotland