In January 2017, Year 11 Home Economics students attended a careers showcase hosted by the Food Heartland. The event was run in conjunction with Young Enterprise NI and Southern Regional College.
Students completed an interactive business challenge to design a burger. Students were tasked with sourcing, producing and marketing the burger. There was a mock supermarket, mobile kitchen and cookery demos from award winning chefs as well as industry professionals from a wide range of sectors on hand for advice. A wide range of local ingredients were available allowing creative design. The burger design was produced by SRC students and professional chefs.
Simon Dougan MBE, owner of Yellow Door Deli and part of the Food Heartland forums helped organise the three-day event: “We wanted to make it as interactive and engaging as possible so we are really giving the students a taste of what it’s like to work in food industries.“
Barry Smyth lecturer in hospitality at the SRC: “We’ve had a 20% drop in students applying for catering courses over the past two years, which is going to seriously impact the hospitality sectors. We want to show young people there are plenty of jobs in agri-food and hospitality that don’t just involve being a farmer, a waiter or chef. There is food production, accountancy and marketing roles so we need to engage kids early on to help them make choices for their futures at events like this.”