MorePeople's commitment to the promotion of the food and land based sectors as great places to build a career were highlighted again recently with two graduate events held at the end of November.
After four years, the Grassroutes Business Challenge is becoming an established event in the calendar. Held at the Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester and sponsored by DHL Supply Chain, it's the only national inter-university competition that is focused on enterprise within the food supply industry - from field to plate, and is designed to attract the very best graduate talent into the Agri-food sector.
This year, MorePeople Director Peter Hunt was delighted to be invited to be one of the 9 'expert' judges. Commenting on the event he says "It was really good to see the quality of ideas and the high levels of enthusiasm that all students from the 9 colleges and universities demonstrated. There's always a lot of talk about 'future talent' in our industries, and whilst I can't comment on the 'quantity' of undergraduates coming through the colleges, if the 50 or so students I saw here on the Grassroots Challenge are a good benchmark then there's definitely still real 'quality' there for some lucky employers to snap up in the near future."
Congratulations to this year's winners Hartpury College who broke Harper Adam's 4 year winning streak and walked away with a cheque for £600!
The focus shifted to all things technical a few days later when MorePeople were back in the West Country at Campden BRI where, alongside companies such as M&S, Waitrose and Heinz UK, MorePeople Director Guy Moreton was a career mentor for undergraduates attending the IFST / Camden BRI Career Launchpad. Attended by over 80 food science undergraduates from all over the UK this new event is designed to give undergraduates a real insight into the opportunities that a career in the food sector can open up.
A hat trick of days out west was completed when the next generation of young managers started the latest Royal Agricultural College accredited MorePerformance Leadership Development Programme which kicked off at the college earlier this month.
Since the programme was launched, more than 100 aspiring managers from 45 leading food and horticultural businesses have benefitted from the MLDP and due to the RAC accreditation last year, delegates now have the option to take up associated modules that, on successful completion, can lead to the award of a Graduate Certificate in Leadership.
We are currently looking at the new intake for our next programme that starts in April 2012. Anyone wanting to find out more information and details of content, dates and costs of this course, should contact Jan Khan at email@example.com or Peter Hunt at firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, please call us on 01780 480530.