Thursday, September 19, 2013

News: Feeding Rotherham's Future

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Greencore Group and KP Snacks have been offering skills training to help tackle UK youth unemployment in Rotherham as part of a nationwide initiative by the entire food and grocery industry.

The Institute of Grocer Distribution's (IGD's) "Feeding Britain's Future" initiative pledged 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 over 180 employers across the industry's supply chain are taking part and this week KP Snacks are opening the doors of its Eastwood factory where it employs around 300 people and produces around 140 million packs of nuts each year.

Keren McCarron, corporate affairs manager at KP Snacks said: "We are delighted to open our doors to give youngsters some direct experience of our business. We have around 14 Feeding Britain's Future events planned across our sites and they are a welcome opportunity for us to improve young people's understanding about the many opportunities afforded by the food industry, which is one of the most exciting and dynamic sectors of UK manufacturing."

Greencore offered up CV and interview sessions with HR managers to help young people develop their employability skills and improve their chances of getting a job.

The Irish-based firm employ around 3,000 people in Yorkshire and Greencore Prepared Meals at Waleswood in Rotherham prepares quiches, tarts and Weight Watchers Foods.

As well as workshops to improve their soft skills, all participants will have the chance to try a number of activities across Greencore's sites, including making sushi, designing sandwiches and sampling products. They will also have the opportunity to see how the business is run and the wide range of careers available.
Joanne Denney-Finch, chief executive of the IGD, said: "The UK food and grocery industry employs 3.7 million people - making us Britain's biggest private sector employer. With that scale comes responsibility - we have a vital role to play in tackling youth unemployment by sharing our advice and experience.

"Feeding Britain's Future is bringing the industry together to share the rules of the game with young people. We hope young people will make the most of this opportunity to develop their skills and grow their confidence."

Patrick Coveney, CEO of Greencore (pictured, top) visited the Kiveton site during the initiative. He said: "Greencore is delighted to be working alongside the IGD and its peers within the industry on the Feeding Britain's Future initiative. It is important that we all play our part in addressing the challenge that faces young people in the UK today."

Greencore website
Feeding Britain's Future website

Images: Greencore

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