Nominations have opened for the annual ‘Inspirational Young Person Award’ aimed at highlighting the contributions of those aged 16-26 who own, work or study in the food and drink sector.
The award is run by industry body, Scotland Food and Drink and NFU Mutual and will see three winners collect cash prizes during the Scottish Food and Drink Fortnight in September.
Mark McBrearty, NFU Mutual’s Regional Manager in Scotland and one of the judges for the award, said:
“As I travel throughout Scotland representing NFU Mutual, I frequently see how integral young people are to Scotland’s food and drink sector.
“Whether it be primary production, driving change and innovation, designing modern graphics and packaging or working directly with customers, young people thoroughly deserve a recognised place in our country’s food and drink story.
“This award aims to celebrate that contribution and showcase Scotland’s young talent in the sector.
“The Coronavirus pandemic has created an ever-changing landscape for both the food and drink industry and beyond. This year’s award judging will consider how young people have reacted and adapted to overcome challenges to the industry in the last year.”
The awards seek to uncover inspirational examples of talented 16 – 26 year olds and the lucky winners will earn cash prizes of £500 for first place, £300 for second place, and £200 for third place.
Chief Executive of Scotland Food and Drink, James Withers, said:
“It’s great to be supporting NFU Mutual as they seek out and celebrate the inspiring young people who make Scotland’s food and drink industry so exciting. This last year has been incredibly challenging for the sector and the young people who work within it have also felt the impact. But, to recover and emerge from this pandemic stronger, having the energy, passion, talent and entrepreneurialism that our young people bring to the food and drink industry is essential.
“There are so many exceptional young people in the Scottish food and drink industry and it’s only right that we champion them. I would encourage employers, tutors, colleagues, customers or young people themselves to nominate someone they know who fits the criteria.”
For more information or to submit yourself or someone you know, please visit: https://www.nfumutual.co.uk/campaigns/inspirational-young-person-award-2021/