Local high school students from Wyong, Tuggerah Lakes and Berkeley Vale, were given a taste for careers in the booming food industry, when they took part in the inaugural Central Coast Food Industry Showcase, held at the Ourimbah Campus.
On Wednesday, November 1, more than 70 students from these schools took part in a series of activities at the event, which aimed to encourage an interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) related careers across all food industry sectors.
The students were given insights and an understanding of careers from a variety of industries that included the agriculture, food production, food manufacturing and hospitality industry.
The students were able to learn from the experiences of inspiring professionals, researchers and teachers working in these fields.
Funded by NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet, Office of Regional Development, and delivered by Regional Development Australia (RDA) Central Coast, this regional educational event was delivered in partnership with the University of Newcastle (UON), Central Coast Community College, TAFE NSW, Department of Primary Industry (DPI) and P-TECH (Pathways to Technology program), to showcase the opportunities available for students to build a rewarding career in the food industry on the Central Coast.
RDACentralCoastCEO, Mr John Mouland said, “Food manufacturing and production is a major growth opportunity for the Central Coast economy, and by all regional stakeholders working together to grow this important regional industry, it will directly assist the Coast to deliver the 24,674 additional jobs required in our region by 2036.
“The Central Coast Food Industry Showcase is an essential component of industry growth, as it is essential that we have willing, trained and skilled residents that are ready to fill the jobs of tomorrow.
“The Showcase was a taste of some of the outstanding food industry careers available on the Central Coast and across the globe, and an opportunity to highlight the world-class educational facilities available at our local student’s doorstep,” Mr Mouland said.
The students had the opportunity to savour the new food products developed, created and packaged by UON Food Science and Human Nutrition Students.
They also took a tour of the DPI research facilities and TAFE commercial cookery spaces, and learned Barista skills at the Central Coast Community College.