Julian to check-out Co-op’s helping hand for jobless youngsters

11 September, 2013 No Comments

MP Julian Huppert will visit Cambridge’s Co-op in Histon Road later this month to find out how the company is helping youngsters get ready for work.

The business is supporting the Feeding Britain’s Future campaign which encourages thousands of unemployed young people from across the country to go into farms, factories and shops for free skills training during September.

Julian will find out more about the campaign and meet some of the young people being helped by the Co-op on Thursday, September 26.

The campaign, run by research and training charity, IGD, will create 15,000 free training opportunities for unemployed young people at over 1,200 locations in an effort to tackle youth unemployment.

Julian said: “We are very fortunate in Cambridge to have low youth unemployment and it’s been falling steadily but any initiatives which help to give young people that first all important step on the job ladder are very welcome.

“I’m looking forward to finding out more about this campaign and how it is helping young people in Cambridge to find jobs. It is good to see companies getting behind this scheme and being proactive in supporting young jobseekers.”

Joanne Denney-Finch, Chief Executive of IGD said: “Feeding Britain’s Future is about helping young people to understand the rules of the game. By offering valuable training in areas like CV writing and interview skills, we want to build confidence so they can compete in the jobs market.

“Young people who join us this month 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 3.7million 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.”

Working in partnership with Jobcentre Plus the national campaign unites the entire food and grocery industry in an effort to tackle youth unemployment.

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