Food industry training to help jobless

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OUT-OF-WORK youngsters have the opportunity to learn vital skills to help them get a job at a series of workshops to be held next month.

Bakkavor Spalding has joined a nationwide initiative to give young people a chance to gain an insight into the food industry, improve their CV writing and interview techniques.

The Feeding Britain’s Future scheme will see the company work in tandem with Jobcentre Plus in an effort to tackle youth unemployment by opening its doors to provide free training.

It is the first scheme of its kind, giving young people access to farms and factories to gain first-hand knowledge of the skills needed for a career in the food industry, which provides more than 3.6million jobs nationally.

CEO of Bakkavor Group Agust Gudmundsson, said: “The UK food and grocery industry is a world class industry.

“As a leading provider of fresh prepared foods, Bakkavor is passionate about supporting this initiative and helping to provide young people with the opportunity to develop the skills and confidence to join the workforce.

Bakkavor is a leading manufacturer and employer, specialising in developing private label products for major grocery retailers.

The company also runs a accelerated management scheme for graduates and an advanced apprenticeship scheme for school leavers.

The Feeding Britain’s Future workshops must be booked through Jobcentre Plus and will be held on Monday, September 17 at Bakkavor Spalding in West Marsh Road and at Bakkavor Pizza (Holbeach), Sluice Road, Holbeach St Marks on Thursday, September 20.