Wednesday, August 7, 2013

News: Employers urged to help Feed Britain's Future

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Rotherham employers in the food sector are being urged to get involved in a national campaign to tackle youth unemployment.

The Institute of Grocer Distribution's (IGD's) "Feeding Britain's Future" initiative pledges 12,000 training places for young unemployed people that would see them given the opportunity to go into farms, factories and stores for free skills training.

During September businesses across the industry's supply chain will open their doors to provide training such as CV and interview skills masterclasses, job search advice and site visits.

Over 100 businesses from across the food and grocery sector have already pledged support, including Greencore and KP Snacks, two large Rotherham employers. The IGD, a charity supporting the consumer goods industry, in partnership with Jobcentre Plus, the industry and Government is calling for more businesses – large and small - to sign up.

Joanne Denney-Finch, chief executive of IGD, said: "The food and grocery industry is Britain's largest private sector employer, accounting for one in seven of all jobs, employing 3.7m people. It is an industry in which it's possible to run your own successful business or start from the bottom and get to the very top – even with very few qualifications.

"For the month of September we want as many businesses as possible of all sizes to offer pre-employment training. This campaign is about the whole industry coming together – across the supply chain and in every corner of the UK.

"Even if you can just provide one session lasting a couple of hours and providing a few hints and tips on interviews, or a CV workshop – it all counts."

Rotherham MP, Sarah Champion added: "Rotherham has some fantastic food and grocery businesses and this campaign is an opportunity for them to offer important skills training to those who need it most. For the local young unemployed to get maximum value from this scheme we need as many food and grocery businesses in the area to sign up."

Feeding Britain's Future website

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