Kick start your career in the food and consumer goods industry with this introductory course.

  • Free sign up
  • Total learning time: 8 hours
  • Next intake starts: 27 September – 26 November 2021
  • Earn an IGD certificate of completion to help you share your success

You can work through most of the course in your own time between the start and end dates.

Learn in your own time

Approx. six hours of learning time delivered through bite-sized resources and interactive activities that will help you manage your time effectively.

Learn with peers

Approx. two hours of learning time for a scheduled digital event, comprising industry talks and networking. You can choose one of two dates to attend – either 19 October or 20 October 2021. Both events will take place 2:00pm-4:00pm. Please confirm your choice when booking below.

The course is hosted on our learning platform, for which you will receive separate log in details.


This course will cover the essential industry knowledge and personal skills that you need to take your first steps in the industry with confidence.

Topics covered:

  • Awareness of the wider landscape and key trends, including health, sustainability, and retail
  • Consideration of shopper motivations and missions
  • Understanding of the main food and grocery channels
  • Insight into key roles and processes in food and grocery businesses
  • Developing your network
  • Building your personal impact
  • Awareness of unconscious bias

Topics are covered at an introductory level helping to broaden your perspective and inspire your curiosity to find out more.

Learners from over 250 companies took part in September 2020.

"I now feel I have a foot on the ladder in terms of understanding the industry and the knowledge I have gained will help me to progress and develop in my career."

Fast Track participant, food manufacturer

"This course has been really motivating and inspiring. It has given me real insight into the inner workings of the industry and how I can fit in and make a difference."

Fast Track participant, food manufacturer

"The course has definitely helped broaden my knowledge of the retail industry and now feel I have a much better understanding of each aspect within my current organisation. It was great that I had the chance to be a part of the Live Industry Event and I really enjoyed hearing from other industry leaders and having the opportunity to network with those in a similar job role to my own."

Commercial Field Sales Representative, Kelloggs


  • This course is best suited to those who are starting their career in a food and grocery business
  • It is also beneficial for those who work with food and grocery businesses and are looking to improve or refresh their knowledge of the industry
  • Relevant for all job types. Participants work in a range of business areas. The chance to interact with and see different perspectives is part of the learning experience
  • We recommend this course for those who are looking to commit time to their personal development. It will take approx. 8 hours across two months, and is delivered in bite-sized formats to support flexible learning.


  • Choose from the options below to secure your place on the next start date: 8 February 2021. Please select only one option, depending on your attendance at the digital event.
  • You will be sent an email confirming your place on the course shortly after booking, along with joining instructions for the digital event, if you book to attend.
  • You will need compatible browser (Chrome, Safari or Firefox) to access the learning platform. The digital event will be hosted on Zoom.


Register a team or cohort of learners for free to support talent development in your business and create even better learning impact:

  • Embed within early career programmes for graduates, apprentices and interns
  • Enhance inductions and ‘keep warm’ campaigns for new starters
  • Link to the personal development planning and recognition process for your team

No limits on cohort sizes.

"IGD's Fast Track programme is a key part of our talent development strategy and is embedded in our Degree Apprenticeship programme that develops our future leaders... [It] provides flexible and blended learning, builds the knowledge and skills that our people need to fully understand the food and consumer goods industry. This allows them to add value to our business by seeing and appreciating the bigger picture."

Guy Dullage, Chief People Officer, Greencore Group Plc

Confirmation will be sent to you and your participants shortly after registering. We will send the log in instructions for the learning platform direct to participants at least a week before the start date.


New Starter Skills 2021