Unemployed people from throughout the UK will once again have the opportunity to attend free workshops to find out more about the range of jobs available within our industry and supplement their employability skills, when they visit our sites this month.

After four successful years, companies from the entire food and grocery industry, including Greencore, are coming together again to support the Feeding Britain’s Future (FBF) campaign.

The FBF programme is run by food and grocery research and training charity IGD. It will help prepare thousands of schoolchildren, young people and the wider unemployed for the world of work.

Greencore has been a strong supporter of FBF and has so far invited more than 1,800 unemployed to visit its facilities over the past four years. Greencore will welcome hundreds more over the course of the next four weeks.

Participants will have the opportunity to see how a food business is run and learn about the wide variety of roles available in the industry such as engineering, food science, marketing or manufacturing. They will also receive employability skills training and have the chance to meet our teams and see what we do at our facilities.

This year, IGD also launched its Feeding Britain’s Future Schools Programme. This has seen major food and grocery companies go into schools throughout 2015 with the aim of inspiring 5,000 pupils about the industry and the world of work. Once again, Greencore stepped up to the plate and offered dozens of volunteers to support this programme.

Joanne Denney-Finch, chief executive, IGD, said:

Now in its fourth year, Feeding Britain’s Future goes from strength to strength – both in terms of scale and impact.

“This year, we are expanding the programme to cover all age groups. A further 17,000 workshops are being offered across the UK and this will bring the cumulative total to nearly 60,000 opportunities for unemployed people and schoolchildren by the end of 2015.

“With the introduction of our newly launched Schools Programme, this is the first time any industry has come together to provide a full spectrum of support, from schoolchildren right through to older unemployed people.

“As Britain’s largest private sector employer, with 3.8m people, our industry is working together to use its scale to have a significant positive impact. We are helping thousands of people by raising awareness of the diverse range of careers available within food and grocery and providing employability skills training.”

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