About EIT Food's Day in the Life series
At EIT Food, we believe it's important to educate young people about different food and farming jobs, to inspire them to want to work in the agri-food sector.
The agri-food sector needs skilled workers
Our agri-food industry is expected to face a labour shortage by 2030, with some areas of the industry already experiencing a decline in the supply of workers. As a response to this, our ‘Day in the Life’ series aims to encourage young people to consider a career in the agri-food industry, by profiling a range of jobs that the industry has to offer. We need skilled people with technical and entrepreneurial skills to address some of the biggest challenges our food system faces, from mitigating climate change to combatting food fraud to feeding a growing population sustainably.
Young people do not receive food and farming careers advice
The lack of careers information young people receive about food and farming roles has also driven the development of this series. Many young people are disconnected about how food is produced and how it reaches their plates and in schools, there is less emphasis on teaching children about agri-food careers. Therefore, this series generates awareness about different careers and how they relate to the journey our food makes from farm-to-fork.
We provide a real-life snapshot of agri-food careers
Our videos enable young people to learn about the day-to-day tasks and responsibilities of a particular job. This helps viewers to decide whether they would like to uptake a career in the job being profiled. In each video, we also provide the necessary careers information the viewer needs to kick-start their journey.
In our Day in the Life series, we have videos that are suitable to both a young child and young adult audience.
The Nutrition Scientist
A nutrition scientist investigates the relationship between food, health, and disease, conducting research to understand nutritional needs, develop dietary guidelines, and contribute to the promotion of optimal health and well-being. Maria tells us about her job to research how food affects our health, and in particular our gut microbiome.
The Fruit and Veg Buyer
A fruit and vegetable buyer is responsible for having relationships with local farmers and growers who produce fruit and vegetables, as well as choosing what vegetables are best to be sold in the supermarket. Meet Manon Armenio, a fruit and vegetable buyer and a shop manager of the Bees Cooperative supermarket in Brussels, Belgium.
The Food Photographer
A food photographer captures and creates stunning images of various dishes, drinks, and culinary creations, showcasing their enticing appeal for advertisements, cookbooks, menus, and online platforms. Meet Vivi Pham, a self-employed food photographer working in Brussels, Belgium.
A microbaker produces bread for customers in their local community. Meet Alexandra Vaughan, a baker and a small business owner of the Crow’s Rest Bakehouse.
The Research and Development Chef
Research and Development chefs creates new flavours and food products for us to eat. Meet Patrick Clifford from PepsiCo to learn all about a day in the life of a research and development chef.
The Scientific Marketing Manager
Marketing Managers help to tell the world about science-based solutions to global challenges. Meet Marina Gonzalo from Eagle Genomics to learn all about a day in the life of a scientific marketing manager.
Farmers have a crucial role in producing our food. Meet James Evans to learn all about a day in the life of a farmer.
Nutritionists have an important role in telling us what foods we should eat. Meet Hannah Baugh to learn all about a day in the life of a nutritionist.
The Mechanical Engineer
Engineers have an important role in creating and optimising food system technologies. Meet Naomi Gold from EIT Food RisingFoodStar SafetyNet Technologies to learn all about a day in the life of a mechanical engineer.
The Operations Director
New technologies can help to transform our food systems for the better. Importantly, we need a skilled workforce to be able to develop and manage these technologies. Meet Oli Hilbourne, Operations Director at Outfield.
The Communications Manager
Communication about food systems challenges is important to inspire transformative change. Meet Laura Elphick, Communications Manager at EIT Food, who shares her passion for creating engaging content to inspire food systems change.
The Quality Manager
Quality managers help to ensure that the food on our plate is safe to eat. Increasingly, they aim to make food products traceable, so that we know which farm and even which animal our food came from. Meet Richie Bennett, Quality Manager at ABP UK.
The Marine Scientist
Marine scientists conduct essential research about the relationship between the sea and our food systems. Meet Adrian McLeod, Marine Scientist at The Scottish Association of Marine Science, an EIT Food Partner.
EIT Food Educators
Our Day in the Life series is part of EIT Food's FoodEducators programme. The programme aims to drive awareness over healthy and sustainable food systems, and providing children with the appropriate knowledge to make dietary choices that promote food sustainability.