Scheme helps jobless Jay back into work

John Hayes MP meeting Jay Smith (22) and Stacey Catlow (20), unemployed residents of Spalding who are taking part in the Feeding Britain's Future scheme at the Morrisons meat processing plant in the town. 'Credit: Professional Images
John Hayes MP meeting Jay Smith (22) and Stacey Catlow (20), unemployed residents of Spalding who are taking part in the Feeding Britain's Future scheme at the Morrisons meat processing plant in the town. 'Credit: Professional Images
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A jobless man could be on his way to landing a job after taking part in a scheme to promote the food industry.

Supermarket giant Morrisons invited South Holland and the Deepings MP John Hayes into its Spalding abattoir to meet two young unemployed people from Spalding who took part in the Feeding Britain’s Future programme which Morrisons is supporting across its stores and food processing plants.

As part of Feeding Britain’s Future, companies from across the food and grocery industry are offering 15,000 free training opportunities for young unemployed people.

Jay Smith (22) and Stacey Catlow (20) participated in the programme which included training in food safety and health and safety.

Morrisons also provided CV writing tips and interview skills sessions.

During the visit, Mr Hayes was given a tour of the factory and spent time chatting to each of the participants about their experiences.

Morrisons was so impressed with Jay that they are looking to offer him a permanent job as a packer within the next few weeks.

Jay, who has been out of work for 22 months, said: “I’m over the moon that this may lead to a permanent job.

“The experience has boosted my confidence and I can’t wait to start working again.”

Mr Hayes said: “I was delighted to join the group at Morrisons factory to talk to them about their experiences.

“Feeding Britain’s Future is helping to give young people the skills and experience they need to get into work and it is fantastic to see companies like Morrisons doing so much to help.”