Youth get a chance to train

DOZENS of youngsters from Kiveton will have a chance to gain the skills they need to get back to work when they join Greencore Prepared Meals.

They will take part in Feeding Britain’s Future - Skills for Work Week in September, during which they will take part in activities to help them develop their employability and improve their chances of getting a job.

Their experience will include the chance to meet a large local employer, learn about the types of jobs the industry has to offer, speak with staff, get CV training and learn interview techniques.

The event is being run in partnership with Jobcentre Plus.

The campaign has united the entire food and grocery industry in an effort to tackle youth unemployment and Greencore is opening the doors of 13 of its sites, offering up to 600 places for young people to participate.

During Skills for Work Week - 17th-21st September - businesses will open their doors to provide free skills training for thousands of young unemployed people.

Greencore Group CEO, Patrick Coveney said: “Greencore is delighted to be working alongside the IGD and our 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.”

Joanne Denney-Finch, chief executive of research company IGD said: “The food and grocery industry is the UK’s biggest employer and we’re committed to playing our part in tackling youth unemployment. We’ve consulted both businesses and young people to identify where the skills gaps lie and what the barriers to employment are. We hope the development opportunities on offer will help the young unemployed on the journey towards finding a job.”