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Food and Drink

Career and job opportunities in the Food and Drink manufacturing sector

Food and drink is Scotland’s largest and most important manufacturing and export industry. It accounts for almost 20% of all Scottish manufacturing jobs. 

Job and career options in the food and drink manufacture sector include:

  • Butcher
  • Brewery Worker
  • Food Packaging Operative
  • Meat Process Worker
  • Production Manager
  • Quality Control Technician
  • Agricultural Engineer
  • Farm Manager
  • Farm Worker
  • Gamekeeper

Find out more from My World of Work about career options in the Food and Drink manufacturing sector

The Food and Drink manufacturing sector in Dumfries and Galloway

This sector is a growth area in Dumfries and Galloway. People come from all over the world to sample the region's produce. Dumfries & Galloway’s food and drink and tourism industries are closely intertwined, and with products from world-class beef and cheese, to ice cream and whisky, Dumfries and Galloway represents the best of Scotland.
Visitors to the region can enjoy food festivals, farmers' markets and farm shops, bespoke bakeries, smokehouses and artisan cheese makers. They can follow the Dumfries & Galloway Food Trail from Wigtown in the west to Langholm in the east.
Accommodation and food services account for around 7% of businesses in region, and innovative small local businesses play an important role in the region's food and drink sector. 

Food and Drink college courses in Dumfries and Galloway

Several food and drink courses are available at Dumfries and Galloway College and the SRUC Barony Campus.

These courses include:

  • Hospitality Professional Cookery
  • Hospitality HNC
  • Professional Cookery
  • REHIS Elementary Food Hygiene
  • Ships' Cook Certificate  
  • Food Hygiene SQA Intermediate   

Find out more from Dumfries and Galloway College and SRUC about available courses.

DYW DG and the Food and Drink manufacturing sector

DYW DG works with leading trainers and providers in the region to address skill gaps and identify future workforce requirements.

Contact us to find out how we can help you with succession planning and getting more young people into your workplace.

Find out more about Sector Forums in Dumfries and Galloway.


Working in partnership with DYW DG, we have had great success in targeting potential future candidates in areas to suit our operational activities within Dumfries and Galloway. Since our involvement with DYW D&G, we have successfully recruited 11 trainees within Dumfries Galloway over the last 18 months and discussed our various training programmes with around 2,500 of our young people at a number of events.

Kenny Bowie, Head of Planning and Design, SPEN, Dumfries.


SRUC’s Barony Campus students were given a unique entrepreneur opportunity thanks to DYW DG and Chamber of Commerce partnership working and support for the introduction of the ‘Entrepreneur Aspire’ Award. SRUC looks forward to offering this entrepreneur opportunity next academic year, with a possible option to include other regions within Scotland. It is a pleasure to work with DYW DG, who are so enthusiastic and supportive of our students and their business aspirations for the future.

Julie Parker, Senior Tutor, SRUC Barony Campus

As part of our School visit programme, working with DYW DG, we had the pleasure of attending Stranraer Academy. We received a very warm welcome and had a lovely day with the teachers and children. The children were so engaging and excited about the prospect of employment within the rail industry and we found the whole experience to be a humbling one. A huge thank you to DYW DG for organising!

Sandra Cahill, Project Manager, Scot Rail HR

Before DYW approached us, we didn’t have the confidence to consider employing a young person straight from school. We didn’t know quite what to expect, or even where to start looking for the right young person. But with DYW’s help, it became a quick and easy process. DYW put in the time – they came to visit us, were always there with help and support, and their enthusiasm for the young people who came to visit us really shone through and helped us engage with them.

Murray Farm Care


DYW DG has helped Morrisons to make Stranraer's young workforce in aware of the good career options in supermarket retail, as well as opportunities for career progression. With DYW’s help, we created a schools' presentation to highlight the opportunities available within Morrisons to school leavers and the young workforce, which gave local pupils a better understanding of how the food retail sector operates. I would definitely recommend a partnership with DYW DG and I look forward to working on other projects with the DYW D&G team.

Eleanor, People Manager, Morrisons, Stranraer