Pupils go behind the scenes at chocolate factory

Students from John Spence Community High School and Marden High School at Nestle's chocolate factory.
Students from John Spence Community High School and Marden High School at Nestle's chocolate factory.

Students were given an insight into the world of chocolate production at one of the world’s biggest confectionary manufacturers.

Pupils from John Spence Community High School and Marden High School were given a tour of the Nestlé site in Fawdon, Newcastle.

The visit was arranged by TyneMet College to provide a strategic and varied insight into STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) specific careers.

Nestlé produces more than 2,000 brands worldwide including some of the UK’s best loved names – KitKat, Aero and Fruit Pastilles.

Nicola Lowes, applications group manager at Nestlé, said: “It is vital we encourage young people to consider careers in a science-related capacity.

“We want to highlight that science can be applied in many ways, for example, chemistry underpins the work we do here at Nestlé.

“From understanding the science behind the complex properties of chocolate we can work with the chocolate to create the delicious treats you see on the shelves in the shops, it all starts here in our research kitchens.”

Nicola, who attended Marden High School and went on to study maths, chemistry and physics at Tynemouth College (now part of Tyne Metropolitan College) before completing a chemistry degree at Newcastle University, added: “I want to share my experiences and the career choices that I have been able to pursue through science.

“Here at Nestlé, we are committed to developing the community and it’s certainly a passion of mine. It’s been lovely to share the work I do with my old school and John Spence pupils.”

John Spence Community High School pupil, Bethany Richardson, said: “I’ve been thinking about a career in chemistry, but wasn’t sure until now – today has been really interesting and I’ve loved every minute.

“The trip to has really opened my eyes. Science can really take you anywhere and a science career in chocolate making sounds amazing.”