Bag a tour of crisp factory

WIN A TOUR: Walkers manufacturing and distribution centre, Peterlee, County Durham. Site Leader Tracey Foster.
WIN A TOUR: Walkers manufacturing and distribution centre, Peterlee, County Durham. Site Leader Tracey Foster.

ONE lucky young person could bag a chance to see how a well-known brand of crisp is made.

PepsiCo and its Walkers Snack Foods factory, in Stephenson Road, Peterlee, is offering a tour around the factory in a drive to change perceptions of engineering among young people.

For example, not many people might know about the role that engineers play in creating some of the UK’s most popular food and drink products, like Walkers crisps.

PepsiCo say they are passionate about encouraging more young people, particularly girls, to discover the opportunities available within engineering.

Peterlee site leader Tracey Foster believes it is vital to get out there and speak to young people about careers in food manufacturing, and has worked with local schools.

She said although the competition doesn’t exclude boys, ideally the winning entrant would be a girl as she is keen to encourage females to take up STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) subjects.

“Having an opportunity to come into an organisation to talk about STEM subjects will be absolutely invaluable,” added Ms Foster.

Ms Foster, who was very maths-orientated at school and has worked at the Peterlee site for three years, said: “The whole process is to give an insight into what industry might look like on the factory floor, not just in an engineering function, but all of the functions on the site.

“We want to encourage people to see what’s available from a science point of view.

“What’s really interesting is people come into our organisation and they possibly hadn’t thought of going into food and drink, it opens up the options for engineering.”

She said she sees no reason why females can’t be a success in such an environment.

The tour of the Walkers site would take place in February next year.

To enter, search for the Tomorrow’s Engineers Competition on Facebook.