Willy Wonka-style offer at Walkers crisp factory

Pepsico: Walkers manufacturing and distribution centre, Peterlee, County Durham. Site Leader Tracey Foster.
Pepsico: 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 crisps is made.

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

The firm says it wants to show the role that engineers play in creating some of the UK’s most popular food and drink products.

PepsiCo said it is passionate about encouraging more young people, particularly women and girls, to discover the opportunities available in the field of engineering.

Peterlee site leader Tracey Foster said it was vital for companies to speak to young people about careers in food manufacturing, and has worked with Hartlepool schools to achieve this.

She said although the competition doesn’t exclude boys, ideally the winning entrant would be female as she is keen to encourage girls 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,” she said.

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

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