The range of skills and knowledge that are studied at Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 are relevant to many areas of employment and further areas of study. If students want to continue their food based education post Y11 there are many college and university courses on offer.
The Hospitality and Catering industry is a major employer of people in the UK and globally. An understanding of food and cookery can help you progress in a variety of different sectors and job roles. Here are a few examples:
Hospitality and Catering: This is one of the fastest growing industries in the world, with a huge range of job roles from Chefs and Restaurant Managers to Housekeepers and Concierges. This area of employment is fast-paced and usually a team based environment, working in areas such as a hotel, restaurant or bar.
Health and Well-being is another potential area of employment where you can use your interest in health and well-being, rather than your cooking skills. In this area, you might become a Personal Trainer working in a leisure centre or a hospital based Dietician advising patients on how to modify their eating patterns.
You may look to become a Food Product Developer. In this job role, you could be working in a development kitchen developing new food products and improving existing ones to meet changing consumer demands and trends.
Jobs are also available in Food Retail. As a Food Retailer, you may work for an independent shop or a large supermarket chain and you could be responsible for ordering stock, preparing displays, serving customers and advising on preparing and cooking meals.