VIRTUAL EVENT, WEDNESDAY 25 NOVEMBER 2020

The focus on sustainability in food and drink packaging design is growing exponentially and reshaping the industry, the challenges it faces and the opportunities offered by careers within it. These developments create huge potential to rejuvenate awareness of the variety and scope of careers available within the sector and attract the next generation of experts who will take the industry to the next level. To benefit from this and future-proof the industry, it is vital that we come together to showcase the myriad different careers in the industry whilst building a sustainable future for food and drink packaging.

Food Matters Careers’ virtual event creates a unique opportunity to do just that, bringing together industry, academia and government from the UK and beyond to discuss the challenges faced and establish cross-sector, cross-border solutions. It also offers invaluable 1-2-1 virtual networking meetings, forging connections between industry, academia and potential new recruits, and inspiring case study-led sessions showcasing personal stories of individual careers in the packaging industry.

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Event Schedule

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09.00 - 10.00

Designing for a sustainable future: inspiring and empowering the next generation
From plastics reduction to reusable and refillable options, there is no denying the engagement of Gen Z in environmental issues. But do they associate a career in the food and drink packaging industry as one with an opportunity to make a global impact? What role can packaging designers play in creating a sustainable food future? How can we ensure a more diverse workforce and how are roles that present exciting and environmentally impactful careers evolving?

10.15 - 11.45

Meet your future placements, work experience students and apprentices.
Make use of our unique networking platform connecting industry to future talent. Our budding candidates have a background and passion for the food industry and are eager to learn.

12.00 - 13.00

Personality and profile: envisaging the next generation of packaging experts
With sustainability now front and centre of food and drink packaging priorities, there is real scope to engage with the next generation of environmentally-conscious workers. Beyond the technical knowledge required, what skills and attributes do new recruits need in order to be able to flourish in this demanding and innovative environment? What roles exist, from developing sustainable packaging to using it as a tool for communicating sustainability?

13.15 - 14.30

Meet your future placements, work experience students and apprentices.
Make use of our unique networking platform connecting industry to future talent. Our budding candidates have a background and passion for the food industry and are eager to learn.

14.00 - 15.00

Ensuring academic training is fit for purpose: from apprenticeships to university
With unemployment set to hit historic highs and impacting a whole generation of school and university leavers, there has never been a more important time to ensure that education is meeting the needs of industry. There are huge opportunities in the packaging industry that align with the values of young people but school and university careers services are often lacking the necessary information and understanding to effectively promote these opportunities. What needs to be done to square this circle? What possible routes exist directly from school to packaging roles? What does industry need to do to strengthen relationships with academia?

15.15 - 16.15

Pioneering packaging and aspirational careers: the rewards and impacts
What does a long-term career in packaging design look like and what do the rewards look like, personally, professionally and environmentally? From SMEs to multinationals, how can packaging designers make a difference? How can international connections support the global exchange of ideas and opportunities to attract the talent of the next generation, and why does it matter?

16.30 - 17.30

Meet your future placements, work experience students and apprentices.
Make use of our unique networking platform connecting industry to future talent. Our budding candidates have a background and passion for the food industry and are eager to learn.