My name is Philippa, I am studying Food & Nutrition at Sheffield Hallam University and am currently undertaking my Industry Placement year with Cranswick within the Technical function.
I initially discovered Cranswick through my university’s careers fair and an opportunity arose as a technical placement student which was ideal to progress my academic knowledge and use it practically within the industry.
As I was new to the food industry, I was eager to learn and within the first few weeks at Cranswick, I experienced the fundamental processes that occur within food manufacturing. This was working with the various departments to gain an understanding of the daily responsibilities and operations that occur in the factory.
Throughout my time in Technical, I have undertaken various tasks and responsibilities including utilising supply chain platforms, learning the processes and importance of product specifications and experienced the role of a QA in both retail and butchery. In addition, I was assigned a number of projects including the development of Cranswick’s specification database for our fresh division sites as well as conducting research projects on carcass cooling and meat quality.
Placement roles at Cranswick can offer wider opportunities to further develop your knowledge. I had the opportunity to visit some farms and multiple other Cranswick sites across the UK as well as completing my animal welfare certificate.
The technical placement scheme has allowed me to gain hands-on experience in a professional working environment and has given me an insight into how the food industry operates. Whilst on placement, I have met a variety of people, from graduates to skilled professionals with years of experience in the business. By engaging and interacting with these colleagues here at Cranswick, I have made valuable contacts within the industry whilst discovered the potential future career possibilities within the company. For anyone considering applying for an Industry Placement within the food sector, I would highly recommend Cranswick.