Students have been given an insight into food engineering during a visit to Coca-Cola Enterprises’ Morpeth site.
The Coopies Lane factory opened its doors to A-level and foundation-year students from the town’s King Edward VI High School (KEVI), alongside some from Sheffield Hallam University and Abbey Gate College in Chester.
The event, supported by the Food and Drink Federation, involved company engineers setting a challenge for students who had previously expressed an interest in careers in food and drink.
The outstanding pupils of the day, KEVI’s Dan Larby and Abbey Gate College’s Will Littlewood, were selected for their enthusiasm, creativity and contributions.
Both won a tour of the company’s Wakefield facility, lunch with a senior engineer and an Amazon Kindle.
The winning group from KEVI and Sheffield Hallam University were selected for their dynamic approach to the task and received exclusive careers materials.
Gina Solimeno, Education Programme Manager at Coca-Cola Enterprises, said: “As a local manufacturer, we are committed to supporting the skills development and learning needs of young people to inspire the next generation about potential careers in manufacturing and engineering.
“We work hard to demonstrate the variety of opportunities available across the sector, and through days such as this, our education programmes provide valuable insight into our business and the wider industry.
“By opening our doors, we hope to inspire students and show them the future possibilities within food and drink businesses such as ours.”