New initiative for training in food industry

The UK’s food and grocery industry has launched a major initiative across the UK to help get young people back into work.

The Feeding Britain’s Future programme is offering free skills training to young people for one week in September on farms, factories and stores. Attendees will have the chance to learn the skills needed for a career in the food industry or other industries.

A wide range of training activities will be on offer between 17-21 September, including presentation, making your CV stand out and interview tips.

A number of the country’s largest food and grocery employers are backing the initiative, including Kerry, Vion Food Group and Marks & Spencer.

A spokesman for Vion said: “We are keen to support this initiative, which seeks to ensure that the food sector is on the radar of young people who are considering career choices. This initiative actively promotes career paths within the food industry that offer, good exciting opportunities.”

Feeding Britain’s Future, organised by industry think-tank IGD, with support from Jobcentre Plus, wants more employers from across the supply chain to sign up and pledge as many training opportunities as they can.

The food and grocery industry is the UK’s biggest employer providing 3.5m – or one in seven – jobs.

Companies interested in taking part can sign up at www.feedingbritainsfuture.co.uk.