New Starter Skills Course


At a glance

An all-round introduction to the food and consumer goods industry, this unique course combines industry knowledge and personal skills.

10 hours

3 Oct - 28 Nov

Online, with virtual events    

Cost: Free    

Certificate awarded

The start of your career is the ideal time to feed your curiosity and set yourself up for success! Understanding the broader industry will help you see how you, your team and organisation can influence, and are influenced by the bigger picture. Developing the right mindset and building a great network will give you the confidence to thrive at work.

What you will learn

Over 8 weeks we’ll cover a broad range of topics that will:

Broaden your thinking and encourage you to see alternative perspectives

Inspire you to be curious and proactive

Boost your confidence and personal skills

Improve your knowledge and awareness about the industry and the forces shaping it

This course is right for you if:

You are starting your career in the food and consumer goods industry, or are looking for a refresher

You can commit to around 1 hour of learning per week (total of 7-10 hours across 8 weeks)

This course is a designed to be a broad introduction so is suitable for those in any function within the industry


80% said it helped develop their skills |
95% said it broadened their perspective |
95% felt inspired to do something differently

"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." Participant, food manufacturer

The details

You will have 8 weeks to complete the course on our learning platform, for which you will receive details nearer the start date. The course is broken down into modules, which you can work through at your own pace, giving you the flexibility to fit it around other commitments.

Each module contains short knowledge shares, along with quizzes, optional activities, and a forum to help you reflect on and practice what you have learnt. We update our courses regularly so the below is a guide:

Module 1

Learn practical tips that will set you up for success and help you bring your best to work

How to create great impressions

Self-awareness and unconscious bias

Confidence and networking skills

Module 2

Uncover bite-sized insights that will improve your awareness of the industry

Insight into what different areas of a food and consumer goods business do

Introduction to retail channels

Outlook and hot topics for the industry

Module 3

Explore wider societal and shopper trends that shape business decision-making over the short and longer-term

Shopper behaviour



Module 4

Discover practical tips that will inspire you maintain a future-thinking mindset and deliver impact for your business and industry

How to build an authentic personal brand

Personal development planning

Virtual event

This is a fun, inclusive and inspiring opportunity to meet people from across the industry!

Connect with fellow participants in small breakout groups

Learn from industry professionals as they share their experiences, insight, and advice on what they’ve learnt in their career journey so far, and answer your questions

Head over here to sign up to the virtual event.

New Starter skills 2022