UK grocery industry aids youth employment

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UK food and grocery companies such as Asda, The Co-operative, and Nestle, are joining forces with more than 150 other firms, to support the Feeding Britain’s Future scheme, which is aiming to help 15,000 young unemployed people find work.

Designed by research and training charity IGD, the scheme is offering free pre-employment workshops at 1,200 locations throughout England, Scotland and Wales.

Other UK retailers and manufacturers supporting the campaign include Dairy Crest, Greencore, Mars, Mondelez, Morrisons, NFU, Sainsbury’s, Tesco and Waitrose.

All businesses involved will work in partnership with Jobcentre Plus, to provide free skills training in their farms, factories, and stores.

“By offering valuable training in areas like CV writing and interview skills, Feeding Britain’s Future will build confidence so unemployed young people can compete in the jobs market, said chief executive of IGD, Joanne Denney-Finch OBE.

“They will be able to hear first-hand from industry experts about what it is that makes successful applicants stand out and how they too can sell themselves.”

Minister for employment, Mark Hoban, added: “The food and grocery industry is the UK’s biggest employer so it’s great news that 15,000 aspirational young people will have the chance to gain the skills necessary to get a job in the sector.”

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