Jobless young people to receive training in food industry under new Government scheme to boost chances of employment

Young unemployed people are to be given a taste of the food industry under a new Government scheme aimed at helping them to secure jobs.

Around 15,000 jobless 18 to 25-year-olds will be offered a day's training at a supermarket, dairy or other company in the food sector to improve their skills.

The Government said more than 150 businesses have signed up to the initiative, and those taking part will be offering interview sessions, practical jobs and workshops throughout this month.

Employment minister Mark Hoban said: "I am determined to give young people all the help they need to have a good start to their careers, which is why we are working with employers up and down the country to encourage them to provide training and work experience opportunities to help young people get into work.

"The food and grocery industry is the UK's biggest employer so it's great news that 15,000 aspirational young people will have the chance to gain the skills necessary to get a job in the sector."

The scheme is being launched by the Institute of Grocery Distribution in partnership with Jobcentre Plus.

Joanne Denney-Finch, chief executive of the institute, said the expertise and guidance that businesses can provide is invaluable to young people trying to get on the first rung of the career ladder.

"By offering valuable training in areas like CV writing and interview skills, we want to build confidence so young people can compete in the jobs market," she said.

"Young people who join us in September will be able to hear first-hand from industry experts about what it is that makes successful applicants stand out and how they too can sell themselves.

"We have a huge amount to offer, employing 3.7 million people in a diverse range of jobs from food scientists and engineers, to the important people winning the battle on the front line providing great customer service in stores. In our industry people can genuinely progress from the shop or factory floor to the top of the business."

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