Food Technology students explore research and development at Mondelēz International

Lordswood SchoolFood Technology students from Lordswood School recently visited Mondelēz International’s Bournville site for an interactive ‘Taste of Work’ day which aimed to highlight the varied career options found within Research and Development.

Designed to inspire the next generation of culinary engineers, the programme, funded by the Cadbury Foundation, was delivered by Scientist Martyn Robinson and a group of enthusiastic colleagues from different functions within R&D. The students were taken through the development process and designed their own products by taking them from the initial concept stage through to commercialisation.

Kelly Farrell, Community Affairs Assistant Manager, Mondelēz International said: “The Cadbury Foundation has supported this programme for a number of years.  It gives us the opportunity to inspire the future workforce of the city, especially those who are looking to get involved in the food industry and may want to work here at Bournville one day.”

The Taste of Work programme is a work-related learning, curriculum-led initiative working in Primary, Secondary and Further Education. The most recent addition to the programme is the R&D element, which now and provides students with the opportunity to see research and development come to life through an enterprise focused.

Danielle Tosh, teacher at Lordswood School, added: “Our experience at the Bournville R&D site was fantastic; the Mondelēz International team was able to engage with our students in a way that helped them to think about their future careers, while still learning more about what can be achieved from working in the industry. It was a really successful day.”

For more information about Mondelēz International’s community programme, please visit


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