Gist is joining a number of UK food retailers and manufacturers, such as Asda and Nestle, to support a nationwide campaign, Feeding Britain’s Future, designed to tackle youth unemployment.
The IGD organised scheme is offering free pre-employment workshops at 1,200 locations throughout England, Scotland and Wales, to help 15,000 young people find work.
Being a logistics company, Gist hopes to give young people a different viewpoint of the food and grocery industry.
Participants will now have both CV and interview sessions with members of Gist’s management team, and will be able to attend workshops to improve their skills, including using voice technology systems to pick orders for food retail stores.
“Gist is proud to be a part of this scheme for the second year running, it’s not only a great opportunity for these young people to gain employability skills but it gives them an insight into the broad range of career opportunities there are in the foods industry,” said chief executive at Gist, Martin Gwynn.
“Through this scheme, together with our apprenticeship, industrial placement and graduate schemes, we hope to provide many young people with excellent career opportunities.”
Other UK companies supporting the scheme include The Co-operative, Dairy Crest, Greencore, Mars, Mondelez, Morrisons, NFU, Sainsbury’s, Tesco, and Waitrose.