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Food and grocery companies host 600 workshops

Young unemployed people gained insights into the food and grocery industry

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  • Published

    24 Nov 2016

Food and grocery companies from across our industry came together for four weeks in September and October to provide young unemployed people insights into the food and grocery industry and equip them with practical skills to aid their job search.

The companies took part part in Skills for Work Month, an established part of IGD’s Feeding Britain’s Future campaign developed in partnership with DWP and Jobcentre Plus.

This year, Skills for Work Month ran from September 12th to October 14th, delivering tangible benefits to both young people and the companies involved:

  • Nearly 200 companies from across the food and grocery industry and provided 9,500 learning opportunities throughout the campaign
  • 600 workshops were hosted by food and grocery companies around the country to help young unemployed people develop their employability skills with workshops ranging from tailored CV advice and understanding the online application process to ‘light touch’ work experience
  • 130 ‘Jobathons’ took place – these one day events brought together several food and grocery companies in one place to offer employability skills training to unemployed people. Jobathons have been supported and hosted by selected Jobcentres across the country, focusing in areas of high youth unemployment
  • 90% of participants said they developed skills that could help them get a job
  • 80% of the participating companies were satisfied with the programme

We also achieved an additional outcome, as a result of JCP and companies’ efforts over 20,000 unemployed people attended careers fairs organised with food and grocery companies at the local JCP office.

Learning about the variety of jobs in the industry and
interview preparation is a hit with participants

Skills for Work Month focuses on providing employability skills training for a large number of unemployed people, here’s what they think has helped the most:

  • Learning about the variety of jobs available in the food and grocery industry and understanding what’s involved day to day helps to bring to life the different career opportunities
  • Helping people prepare for interviews was very popular and this clearly linked to boosting people’s confidence. Activities included interview tips, questions and mock interview practice with feedback
  • Online job applications are now the norm but they can be very varied. People really appreciated understanding what employers look for in an online application and having the opportunity to ask questions and practice
  • 'Light touch’ work experience helped participants to learn new skills, such as face-to-face customer service or stock taking. This provided tangible experience to take into their next interview
  • Career talks from experienced colleagues helped demonstrate that careers don’t always follow a straight or obvious line, often careers take a more scenic route
  • Understating what companies are looking for from candidates and what’s expected
  • 1:1 tailored CV advice sessions were really valuable

How you can get involved

As well as Skills for Work Month, Feeding Britain’s Future also runs the Schools Programme, which brings food and grocery industry professionals into schools to inspire and educate students about the world of work.

For more information about Feeding Britain’s Future and how you can get involved, visit: