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15,000 jobless young people to get taste of food industry

Thousands of unemployed youngsters will be given an insight into the food and grocery industry under a new scheme being launched aimed at helping them find jobs.

Around 15,000 jobless 18 to 25-year-olds across Britain will be offered a day's training at a supermarket, dairy or other company in the sector in a move aimed at boosting their skills.

The Government said more than 150 businesses are involved, offering interview sessions, practical jobs and workshops throughout this month.

Some of the UK’s biggest retailers and manufacturers are on board, including Manchester-based The Co-operative Group, along witht Asda, Dairy Crest, Greencore, Mars, Mondelez, Morrisons, Nestle, NFU, Sainsbury’s, Tesco and Waitrose.

Employment minister Mark Hoban said: "I am determined to give young people all the help they need to have a good start to their careers, which is why we are working with employers up and down the country to encourage them to provide training and work experience opportunities to help young people get into work.

"The food and grocery industry is the UK's biggest employer so it's great news that 15,000 aspirational young people will have the chance to gain the skills necessary to get a job in the sector."

Joanne Denney-Finch, chief executive of the Institute of Grocery Distribution, said: "By offering valuable training in areas like CV writing and interview skills, we want to build confidence so young people can compete in the jobs market.

"Young people who join us in September will be able to hear first-hand from industry experts about what it is that makes successful applicants stand out and how they too can sell themselves.

"We have a huge amount to offer, employing 3.7 million people in a diverse range of jobs from food scientists and engineers, to the important people winning the battle on the front line providing great customer service in stores. In our industry people can genuinely progress from the shop or factory floor to the top of the business."

The scheme is being launched by the institute, in partnership with Jobcentre plus.

Source: www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk - 3 September 2013