Love a career in seafood: Valentine's event aims to inspire next generation

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 11 Jan 2019

AN event which aims to give young people an insight into the diverse range of careers within the food sector is taking place in Grimsby next month. 

The Future of Food event is organised and co-ordinated by Grimsby Institute, as host, and Seafish, the public body that supports the £10 billion UK seafood industry.

Some of the biggest food employers in the Humber region will be exhibiting at the event including Young’s Seafood, Seachill, New England Seafood and Morrisons.

Now in its third year, the event showcases a wide range of career opportunities as well as the benefits associated with a career in the food sector. Open to local schools, pupils will have the opportunity to talk to a variety of employers to find out how they can get in to the industry.  

Julie Snowden, regional manager at Seafish, said: “This event is designed to promote the vast range of career choices that are available in food businesses, with a specific focus on the seafood sector.

“It’s no secret the food industry will face some challenges and changes once we leave the EU so it is important to showcase this exciting and diverse sector, highlighting the scope of opportunities available to make it attractive to the future local workforce. There’s a sea of career opportunities, both locally and across the UK with roles ranging from manufacturing, new product development, buying and marketing to name a few.”

Read more: Last year's Future of Food event saw live demonstrations, masterclasses and guest speakers

The event draws interest from the manufacturing, global trade, retail and foodservice sectors of the UK food industry. There will also be live demonstrations, masterclasses and careers stands. Ivan Jaines-White, manager at the Grimsby Seafood Village and Tesco’s ‘Girly Fishmonger’ Emma McKeating will be among those showing their skills.

Speaking ahead of the event, Emma said: “I love being a fishmonger, no two days are ever the same. From merchandising the stand with the fresh catch to interacting with customers, my role allows me to be creative on a daily basis and share my knowledge and passion with others.

“I believe the food sector is one of a kind; it’s full of opportunities and is a very viable option for those after an exciting career path. I’m looking forward to sharing my experiences with the students.”

Those attending the event, on Thursday, February 14, will have the chance to network with industry representatives, who it’s hoped will inspire young people to take up roles in the sector.

Stand space is still available for employers who would like to take part by contacting Julie Snowden via or Chloe Tate at

Local schools should register to attend via Eventbrite by following this link.

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