Students in Scotland have been gaining an insight into food industry jobs by taking part in a burger development project with several leading firms in the sector.
The challenge was organised by the Scottish Food and Drink Federation (SFDF), which wants to educate young people about what sort of roles are available within the country's food manufacturing industry.
Moira Stalker, schools programme coordinator for the SFDF, commented: "There are so many exciting job opportunities in food; in science, product development, engineering, marketing, nutrition and design."
In a bid to get students to consider such options for their future careers, pupils from the Bathgate Academy took part in the challenge to produce and market a healthy burger for AK Stoddart, a local beef processing firm.
Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) supported the project to educate the young people about the benefits of using local lamb, beef and pork in the country's food industry.
To complete the challenge, pupils conducted their own market research, carried out product development and designed packaging in line with government guidelines.
In addition, the students had the opportunity to visit a farm to learn about the origin of meat, as well as getting the chance to visit AK Stoddart's site to witness how it is processed.
They then had to present their finished product to a panel of judges from AK Stoddart, the SFDF and QMS, who tasted each burger before selecting a winner.
The students learnt a range of valuable skills during the project, including teamwork and understanding how what they are taught in school can be applied to the world of work.
Ms Stalker added: "This project is a great way to get local children thinking about how their food is produced and how that relates to the many exciting jobs on offer."
Sales and marketing director of AK Stoddart Lucy Husband said: "Hopefully this will have inspired young people to engage with and possibly pursue a career in the food and drink industry."