Training to help tackle youth unemployment

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Fenmarc produce Ltd will offer skills training to help tackle youth unemployment in Cambridgeshire as part of a nationwide initiative by the entire food and grocery industry

Youngsters from in and around March will have the opportunity to gain the skills they need to get back into work when they visit Fenmarc Produce Ltd 10am – 3pm on Tuesday (September 24) as part of a nationwide campaign to tackle youth unemployment. There are only limited spaces so anyone wishes to come must reserve their space via Wisbech Job centre Plus.

Following the success of a pilot project in 2012, the entire food and grocery industry has launched Feeding Britain’s Future – Skills for Work Month 2013 and is helping youngsters across Cambridgeshire to gain the skills they need to get into work. Feeding Britain’s Future, led by research charity IGD, is the first initiative of its kind, giving young people access to farms, factories and stores, and firsthand knowledge of the skills needed for a career in the food industry or elsewhere.

Last year 70 businesses participated, in 700 locations covering every region in the UK. The campaign provided 10,000 training opportunities with 98% of participants saying they felt more confident applying for a job.

This year the campaign already has over 100 companies signed up and plans to offer more than 12,000 opportunities for young unemployed people across 1,000 locations nationwide.

Youngsters from March will have CV and interview sessions with HR managers to help them develop their employability skills and improve their chances of getting a job.

As well as workshops to improve their soft skills, all participants will have the chance to have a site tour, be part of interactive sessions with various leaders from the site such as Engineering, Technical and Manufacturing to see how the business is run and the wide range of careers available.

The food and grocery industry is the UK’s biggest private sector employer providing 3.7m - or one in seven – jobs and there are a huge range of careers on offer. Young people from Cambridgeshire will get a chance to learn about the fresh produce industry when they visit Fenmarc Produce Ltd in September.

Joanne Denney-Finch, chief executive, IGD, said: “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 March will make the most of this opportunity to develop their skills and grow their confidence.”

Anyone who wishes to attend should contact Wisbech Job centre plus on 08456043719 asap as there are only limited spaces. Fenmarc are really looking forward to taking part in this initiative.