Eastleigh joins national campaign to get young unemployed into work

Premier Foods has more than doubled its support for the Feeding Britain’s Future campaign in 2013, offering skills training to help tackle youth unemployment. 

The Company held an open day on 26TH September at its Eastleigh site as part of its support for the nationwide campaign, with local MP Mike Thornton joining the team to talk to the young people involved about the scheme and finding out more about their job searches.

Feeding Britain’s Future is led by the research charity IGD and provides youngsters around the country the opportunity to gain the skills they need to get into work.

Following the success of a pilot project in 2012, the food and grocery industry has launched Feeding Britain’s Future – Skills for Work Month 2013 giving young people access to farms, factories and stores, and first-hand knowledge of the skills needed for a career in the food industry or elsewhere.

As well as attending practical sessions, participants also had CV and interview sessions with HR managers to help them develop their employability skills and improve their chances of getting a job.

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.

Mike Thornton MP, said:

“Thanks to the Liberal Democrats in government, we’ve already seen just over 2300 new apprentices in Eastleigh over the last three years, with a big drop in youth unemployment in our area since the start of the year. Schemes like this are helping to create a stronger economy, and it’s great that local businesses are taking the time and resource to invest in young people in the area.

“Giving young people a sense of what’s out there, and the skills needed to get them into work, is vital. The Feeding Britain's Future campaign is an extremely worthwhile initiative that I encourage other industries to follow.

Gavin Darby, CEO, Premier Foods, said:

“Following our experience last year we’re delighted to have been able to double our involvement in Feeding Britain’s Future in 2013. There are many exciting opportunities in the food and grocery industry. It’s important we support young people in our local communities to develop the skills needed to find work either in our industry or elsewhere.”

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 Eastleigh will make the most of this opportunity to develop their skills and grow their confidence.”

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