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CAFRE creating food career connections

May 17, 2021

The College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise (CAFRE) has excellent links with the Northern Ireland agri-food industry.  Students at Loughry Campus were offered a week of online careers events aimed at enhancing their employability skills, as they began applying for work placements and graduate roles.  The events included sessions on ‘Pimp your CV’, ‘Smash your next interview’ and ‘Be more brilliant’.  There was also a live event during which industry guest speakers promoted graduate careers.

Guest speakers included representatives from Finnebrogue, Foods Connected and Mash Direct. The industry speakers discussed career opportunities and provided useful advice to students on how to succeed with job applications.

Leah Deehan from Mash Direct focused on the significance of work placements. “Don’t underestimate the importance of industrial placements to develop your skills. Experience helps you stand out when you begin to apply for graduate positions.”

Caterina Doyle from Finnebrogue encouraged students to consider local food businesses when seeking graduate employment. “As one of the fastest growing food companies in the UK, it’s an exciting time to join our team. Finnebrogue is always seeking people with the skills and dedication to help our business grow.”

Andrew Nicell from Foods Connected inspired students to broaden their horizons. “There are so many exciting careers available in the food industry. Do not look simply for a traditional nine to five role. This year has demonstrated that working environments are more flexible and adaptable than ever.”

CAFRE students benefit greatly from the College’s excellent connections with the agri-food industry. 95% of graduates are employed or in further study within six months of graduation. 

Adele Dallas, Placement Coordinator at Loughry Campus stated “We thank the industry representatives who supported our online careers events and reinforced the messages given to students through Loughry Campus’ Careers Hub. The advice from industry professionals has helped to further demonstrate the broad range of roles and rewarding careers within the agri-food sector.”

If you are interested in finding out more about our range of food courses visit our course pages or Freephone 0800 028 4291. We are currently accepting applications for courses starting in September 2021.