Businesses from across the food and grocery sector have pledged their support for the Feeding Britain’s Future campaign spearheaded by IGD, the food and grocery research and training charity.
Now in its third year, the campaign is offering a further 15,000 training places – bringing the cumulative total to 40,000 opportunities since its launch – for Britain’s young unemployed to receive vital skills and training to help them enter the workplace.
More than 130 companies across the supply chain will open their doors to host pre-employment master classes on CV writing and interview techniques for young unemployed people. The sessions will also allow them to learn about the varied skills and qualifications needed for the wide range of jobs in the industry.
The IGD says that since inception, the campaign has provided opportunities in more than 1200 locations in the UK, with 97% of participants from last year feeling more confident applying for a job and 89% more likely to consider a job in the food and grocery industry. Having already garnered significant support, the industry is calling on more employers – small and large – from across the supply chain to play their part. IGD is now encouraging businesses to sign up online and pledge as many training opportunities as they can – anywhere in the UK.
Esther McVey, minister for employment, said in support of Feeding Britain’s Future: “This is a vital industry with a diverse range of career opportunities, so it’s great that so many employers have signed up to help young people get on the career ladder.
“With youth unemployment falling, I want to ensure all young people get to benefit from the growing economy, and through Feeding Britain’s Future even more young people will gain the skills they need and discover a range of exciting career paths. I want to encourage more businesses to sign up to the campaign and help Britain’s young people secure their future.”
IGD chief executive Joanne Denney-Finch added: “We are extremely pleased with the level of support Feeding Britain’s Future campaign has received so far from companies across the food and grocery industry. Employing 3.6 million people, we are Britain’s largest private sector employer accounting for one in seven of all jobs, and an industry that offers a breadth of opportunities at all levels.
“For the month of September, we want businesses of all sizes to get involved in the campaign and offer pre-employment training. Even if you can just provide one session for a couple of hours on interview skills or a CV workshop – it all counts.
Companies that would like to sign up to this year’s campaign or want further information, should visit www.igd.com/feedingbritainsfuture.