The Co-operative Food is staging a series of skills workshops in Blackpool, as part of a national campaign to tackle youth unemployment.
Following a successful pilot in 2012, the food and grocery industry has launched “Feeding Britain’s Future – Skills for Work Month 2013”, and is helping youngsters across the country to gain the skills they need to get into work.
During this month, The Co-operative Food, one of the biggest supporters of the campaign, will offer more than 3,000 places for young unemployed people at 270 workshops in over 80 locations around the UK.
It is hosting three sessions at its Redbank Road food store for 30 young unemployed people aged 16 to 24.
During the workshop they will receive training in the skills they need to secure jobs, such as creating a CV and interview techniques, as well as learning more about the different careers available in food retail.
Steve Murrells, chief executive of retail with The Co-operative Group, said: “As youth unemployment continues to hover around the one million mark, more needs to be done to improve young people’s skills and boost their employability to help them make the most of the opportunities that are available and, ultimately, get them into work.
“The Co-operative is committed to helping young people get into work, through our Apprenticeship Academy and Graduate Trainee Schemes, so we are delighted to be backing the IGD’s Feeding Britain’s Future initiative once again. Through this innovative scheme we will be offering more than 3,000 places in over 80 locations across the UK, to arm them with the essential skills they need to help them secure jobs.”
Feeding Britain’s Future, led by the food and grocery research charity, IGD, is the first initiative of its kind, giving young people access to farms, factories and food stores, and first-hand knowledge of the skills needed for a career in the food industry.
Last year, the campaign provided more than 10,000 training opportunities – and is on target to offer 15,000 opportunities nationwide in 2013.
Joanne Denney-Finch, Chief Executive, IGD, added: “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 from in and around Blackpool will make the most of this opportunity to develop their skills and grow their confidence.”
For more go to: www.igd.com