MY name is Stephanie Scroggie and at the College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise (CAFRE) I have gained a BSc (Hons) Food Technology and I recently completed an MSc in Business for Agri-food and Rural Enterprise. I have always had a keen interest in the agri-food industry and the practical based courses at Loughry Campus made CAFRE an appealing choice.
The BSc Food Technology degree consisted of a wide range of topics, including food quality, packaging, manufacturing, laboratory testing and new product development. The variety of modules covered in the course opened my eyes to the many job options within the food and drink sector.
I also had the opportunity to get hands-on experience through regular practical classes, including practicals in the Food Technology Centre, science laboratories, pro-duct development kitchens and sensory suites. I certainly was not disappointed! As a result, CAFRE, Loughry Campus graduates are highly sought after by the food industry
I completed a one-year placement as part of my degree as a Laboratory and Quality technician. The placement year was worthwhile as it gave an insight into the food industry, provided valuable experience and let me put my knowledge into practice.
After graduation I decided to complete a postgraduate course and study an MSc in Business for Agri-Food and Rural Enterprise course, also delivered at Loughry Campus. This allowed me to expand my agri-food business skills and knowledge.
I completed the Masters degree on a full-time basis alongside my current job as Quality Technician in Whites Speedicook, Tandagree. At White’s, I help to look after the Quality Management System to maintain high standards of food quality. I complete a wide variety of quality tasks, including auditing, handling customer queries, completing product specifications, verifying product traceability, as well as participating in third party and customer audits.
The food industry can be very challenging, however it is extremely rewarding to be part of an industry that produces high quality produce and has shown great resilience over the past few months. I am really looking forward to an exciting future in the food industry. All thanks to CAFRE and the food courses offered at Loughry Campus.