Fresh Careers Fair

Fresh Careers Fair Date

The recruitment event for the fresh food and drink industry

Welcome to The Fresh Careers Fair!

From the organisers of the award winning London Produce Show and Conference

Connecting new talent with leading food and drink employers

What is it? The exclusive recruitment platform for the fresh produce, retail, foodservice and hospitality sectors

What happens? Skilled newcomers interested in a fresh food & drink career meet face-to-face with industry-leading employers looking to recruit new talent

How does it work? FREE to attend, the event is open to college students, university undergraduates, graduates, jobseekers & career changers of all disciplines

Who exhibits? Major fresh produce companies, importers & distributors, supermarket retailers, leading contract caterers, hotel groups, restaurant & pub chains, food and drink suppliers and related service partners. Plus national & specialist recruitment agencies

What’s on offer? Graduate schemes, internships & apprenticeships. Part-time, full-time, temporary & permanent positions. Work experience & placements. National and international roles, some with travel

Is there guidance? Hand-picked industry experts provide attendees with FREE mentoring and introductions, plus the chance to pitch their goals for inspirational feedback

Other activities? The National Careers Service offers advice, such as tips for CVs and interviews. Our official photographer takes FREE attendee head-shots”

 

The Fresh Careers Fair takes place on Wednesday March 13, 2019, 9:30am – 4:00pm at the Business Design Centre in Islington, London.

 

Why Attend?

By 2024, the food and drink industry needs 130,000 new employees! Jobs vary extensively, experience isn’t necessary for many roles, the benefits are enviable and careers can be for life.
Are you looking for a job in food and drink? Are you unsure where your career path lies? Or, are you working in another industry and fancy a change?
This is THE event for YOU!
  • Speak directly with top brand employers
  • Meet a mentor for guidance & introductions
  • Apply for jobs, placements, internships or apprenticeships
  • Discover national & international roles
  • Access invaluable careers advice
  • Sign up to recruitment agencies
  • Get a professional photo

TURN UP, FOR FREE & GET HIRED!

EMPLOYERS WHO PARTICIPATED IN 2018

Exhibit or Sponsor

 

Are you an employer looking to fill roles? Are you keen to promote your brand to the next generation? Or, do you want to raise awareness of careers in the fresh food and drink industry?

Then GET INVOLVED!

Take an exhibition stand and/or put your name to one of our bespoke sponsorship packages.

EXHIBITORS

✓ Meet high-calibre jobseekers with relevant skills

✓ Brand your table-top stand to raise your profile

✓ Forge connections with key educational institutions

✓ Network with leading recruitment & training agencies

✓ Receive a complimentary listing in our Event Directory

Stand prices start at £1,000 + VAT.

SPONSORS

✓ Participate, get noticed & find talent

✓ Reach out to employees of the future

✓ Add your logo to The Fresh Careers Fair website

✓ Display your logo on our show signage

✓ Put your name to the attendee bag, event directory, wi-fi, or photo booth

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:

Linda Bloomfield – Sales Director
Tel: +44 (0)7711 509709
Email: linda.bloomfield@producebusinessuk.com

Careers Advice

During The Fresh Careers Fair, attendees have the unique opportunity to gain invaluable job-seeking tips and careers guidance from experts in the fresh food and drink industry via three carefully designed programmes.

1. National Careers Service

Talk with the specialists to gain best-practice advice for your job search, plus direction on writing stand-out CVs, interview techniques, using social media to find a job, and much more.



2. Meet a Mentor

Speak with one of our industry mentors for guidance on the day. Hand-picked for their knowledge and experience, the mentors are available to make suggestions for your career path and introductions with prospective employers.

Meet Our 2018 Mentors


3. Pitch to the Fresh Produce / Foodservice Dragons

Face either a panel of fresh produce or foodservice ‘dragons’ – don’t worry, they’re friendly! Pretend you’re in an interview and present yourself, your background and your career aspirations via an ‘elevator pitch’* to receive honest and constructive feedback. As highly-experienced industry leaders, our dragons are well-placed to help you improve your interview technique and provide focus for your career progression. The best pitch wins an iPad mini!

*An ‘elevator pitch’ should last as long as an elevator ride, or, in our case, 2-3 minutes!

Meet Our 2018 Dragons


Event Schedule

HOW TO GET TO THE FRESH CAREERS FAIR

For more information on the underground, trains & buses visit www.tfl.gov.uk

Testimonials

“Congratulations on a successful jobs fair – what a great day. I thought it was absolutely fantastic – well done. One of my experienced advisers said it was the best she had ever been to!”
Trudy Nieto Delivery Team Leader North London, National Careers Service London
“I am delighted to hear that I won the FCF Produce Dragons’ Competition! I would like to thank Dale Thompson, Sharon Linney and Carol Borhani for interviewing me. The event was very creative and uplifting!”
Erayna Spencer Student
“I didn’t expect to be picked as one of the winners of the FCF Produce Dragons’ Competition! Thank you for the opportunity, I thought it was a great chance to be able to obtain feedback from some experienced professionals. I greatly enjoyed the fair and learnt a lot about the industry that I definitely didn’t know beforehand, I am glad that I attended.”
Bethany Hall Student
“I have to say I thought The Fresh Careers Fair was a great success. I think the number and calibre of students was amazing. They were all so engaging and passionate about their careers ahead. I have already offered a placement to one student who was lovely. The Dragons concept was great way to communicate with some of the students on a more personal level.”
Dale Thompson Chartered MCIPD, Director, Human Resources, Vacherin
“I found the FCF profitable; I met potential students who want to attend some of our postgraduate programmes. Our students found it interesting in terms of job progression. I will certainly come along next year, so please keep me on your mailing list!”
Linda Nicolaides University of Greenwich
“It was very smooth throughout the day – a well-orchestrated flow of candidates meant that we didn’t have peaks and troughs – so well organised.”
Martin Brown Director, Henderson Brown
“The Fresh Careers Fair is a really well run event with a good cross section of graduates to interact with. It’s a great opportunity to introduce our sector to some ambitious and driven people.”
Morten Andresen MorePeople
“We really enjoyed attending the fair and felt that we talked to a good handful of people that would look to consider either our Retail Management Scheme or Sales Assistant roles, which is excellent. In the market there are so few retail/hospitality specific fairs and your fair does come up as one of the few on the search fields.”
Hannah Caswell Majestic Wine
“I would like to thank you again for inviting us to this event- Seth and I both thoroughly enjoyed the day and the opportunity to network with so many engaging and highly respected employers from across the UK.”
Hannah Sanders Student, Anglia Ruskin University
“The FCF was extremely helpful, and I would highly recommend it to fellow students. Additionally, the chance to have a professional headshot was a bonus. This is something many students don’t consider as necessary for their profiles.”
Isla Mae Bonthrone Student, Hadlow College
“The event was a rewarding experience for Mont Rose College students who attended. One of our students secured a two week placement through the event.”
Preya Oukabay Admission & Career Adviser, Mont Rose College
“I’d like to thank you on behalf of everyone from Newcastle University – I know the event was valued by everyone who attended. It’s allowed us to gain some good contacts in an industry we’re all passionate about. I have been personally offered a placement at Richard Hochfeld as a direct result of the FCF and know others are speaking to companies who exhibited at the Fair about placements.”
Tim Whincup Student, Newcastle University
“As an International Business Masters student, from the University of Leeds, I jumped at the opportunity to participate in the first edition of the Fresh Careers Fair (FCF). It gave me the chance to come face-to-face and network with companies and employers in the UK and international retail, wholesale, foodservice, catering, among many others sectors, related to fresh produce. In fact, the fair was the bridge that connected me to my current employer, Total Produce. I met some recruiters there on the day and gave them my CV. After interviewing I landed the job I wanted with Total Produce, as a Graduate Trader in International Procurement/Sales. Don’t wait for companies to come to you! Go out and impress them! The FCF is a great opportunity to do that.”
Michelangelo Dalbosco Student
“Richard Hochfeld Ltd are proud to support this initiative to introduce young people to the benefits of the Produce Industry and its related services and trades. For far too long it has been an industry that many people have just “stumbled” into. By reaching out to school leavers and graduates we can positively attract real talent by raising the awareness of the benefits of a career in this fast paced and exciting business.”
Alan Guindi Exhibitor

For further information please contact:

Jim Prevor

Jim Prevor

CEO
"I’m the Perishable Pundit, read my opinions at perishablepundit.com – I’m always happy to hear your opinions and feedback."
Linda Bloomfield

Linda Bloomfield

Sales Director
"Ask me about booth sales and sponsorship in the UK, Europe, Asia and Africa."
Emma Grant

Emma Grant

Event Director
"I’m your best bet for event queries, exhibitor support or for more information on any part of the event programme."
Hannah Gorvin

Hannah Gorvin

Chief Marketing Officer
"I look after the marketing, but I’m also available for your general event queries."

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