IGD set to scale up work with young people following labour shortages review

30 June 2023

IGD, the organisation that delivers positive social impact in partnership with the food and consumer goods industry, has been named in a Defra-commissioned review into labour shortages. The review recognises IGD’s key role in raising awareness of the huge range of employment opportunities within the sector.

One of the recommendations made in the Independent Review of Labour Shortages in the Supply Chain, led by John Shropshire and published today, is that the Food and Drink Sector Council (FDSC) leads the implementation of “a comprehensive strategy to enhance sector attractiveness”, collaborating with key industry organisations, including IGD.

Naomi Kissman, Social Impact Director of IGD, says: “IGD has a long and proud history of working with young people in education, giving them insight into the range of careers available in the food and consumer goods industry through our programme of school workshops and virtual work experience weeks. As we accelerate the work we do in this space, we are delighted to be named in this set of recommendations as an organisation with the right skills and expertise to raise awareness of the fantastic employment opportunities in our sector.

“The food and consumer goods industry is the largest private sector employer in the UK, responsible for one in seven jobs. Now more than ever, we have a collective responsibility to build a talent pipeline for the future. Our ambition is to inspire young people and create lasting impact. Our focus will be on working with industry to build relationships locally, to explore how we can work together to create stronger pipelines of talent.

“This is a hugely exciting programme of work and we’re looking forward to discussing how we use our extensive experience in this field to bring to life the recommendations from today’s review.”

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Notes to editors:

  1. IGD is an organisation of two interconnected communities. The profits from Commercial Insight are reinvested into Social Impact, which together work to drive change that makes a tangible difference for society, business and the individual.

    Social Impact from IGD is delivered in four key areas:

    a. People – focussed on giving young people opportunities to develop their employability and life skills, and on building the knowledge and capability of food and consumer goods industry colleagues, to foster an inclusive and productive workforce;
    b. Health – nutrition experts use the latest research and behavioural science to develop practical tools that help the whole industry. IGD is collaborating with and inspiring companies to adopt best practice and implement change;
    c. Sustainability - focused on mobilising the industry to tackle climate change, reduce food waste, increase food surplus redistribution, develop sustainable packaging systems and accelerate the industry’s progress towards Net Zero;
    d. Economics – supporting better strategic planning and decision making, for the benefit of consumers, through economic analysis and engagement with policy makers.

    Commercial Insight is delivered through six core areas:

    a. Retail Analysis – providing trusted data and insight, straight from the heart of retail;
    b. ShopperVista – providing insight that creates the foundation for progressive shopper and category thinking;
    c. Events – providing compelling experiences that connect people and ideas together;
    d. MarketTrack – the most trusted, rigorous market read in the retail sector;
    e. Supply Chain Analysis – providing answers and unlocking potential;
    f. Solutions – personalised solutions that address the critical customer and commercial challenges.
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