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100+ food and grocery businesses unite to tackle youth unemployment

12 July 2013

More than 100 businesses from across the food and grocery sector have pledged support for an IGD initiative offering 12,000 young unemployed people across Britain pre-employment training.

At a reception in Westminster, leaders from across the food and grocery supply chain, Britain’s largest private sector employer, announced they were set to open their doors and offer CV and interview skills masterclasses, job search advice and site visits across 1000 locations this September.

Farming, manufacturing, retail, wholesale and foodservice - and other companies related to the food and grocery industry - will share their advice and experience and showcase the huge variety of careers in the sector during Skills for Work Month.

Speaking at the reception, Minister for Business and Education, Matt Hancock, also gave his support to the largest ever industry drive to offer free pre-employment training for unemployed young people.

Driven by food and consumer goods research charity IGD, in partnership with Jobcentre Plus, the industry and Government is calling for more businesses – large and small - to sign up online and pledge as many training opportunities as they can – anywhere in the UK. 

Minister for Business and Education, Matt Hancock, said: "This campaign offers a great opportunity for young people who want to work in food but need help to get on the first rung of the ladder.

"It is fantastic that so many employers in the food industry are taking part. I would encourage even more businesses - across all sectors - to offer young people a chance with our new Traineeships programme which is starting from August. Working with employers, we can help young people to bridge any skills gaps and give them the knowledge and inspiration to achieve their career goals."

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.”

IGD asked unemployed young people about the barriers to finding a job at a forum run by Populus last year. They revealed they lack the confidence to apply for jobs and want real life interview experience, for example, tips on making your CV stand out and presentation skills to help them get out of unemployment and into the workplace. Feeding Britain’s Future has been set up to try and meet this need. 


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