CEOs meet PM to tackle employability skills of young jobless

P&G's Irwin Lee and Geraldine Huse join industry leaders at No.10 Downing Street to discuss IGD's Feeding Britain's Future Campaign
Monday, September 15, 2014 12:45 pm BST


Industry leaders from across the UK’s food and grocery sector met with the Prime Minister at a CEO roundtable on Thursday 11th September to discuss how IGD's Feeding Britain’s Future is improving the employability skills of young people in the UK.

P&G Northern Europe Managing Director, Irwin Lee, and P&G Global Sales Vice President (and Chairman of IGD Board of Trustees), Geraldine Huse, joined leaders from across the industry at No.10 to showcase the work being done by the UK grocery industry to address youth unemployment.

Despite the economy showing some signs of improvement, there are still nearly a million young people in the UK that are not in education, employment or training. In such a tough marketplace, today’s young unemployed need all the help and support they can get.

The grocery industry is the leading employer in the UK. It provides more than 3.6m jobs – that's 13% of UK employment, or one in every seven jobs. There are more than 400,000 businesses in the UK food chain from start-ups to some of the largest global enterprises. 83% of those that work in the industry believe it sets a good example as an employer and 96% would recommend a career in the industry to young people.

IGD's Feeding Britain’s Future brings together organisations throughout the supply chain all around the UK to invest in the future of young people and the workforce of the next generation. Working in partnership with JobCentre Plus, young people will meet directly with businesses to receive free pre-employment training and an insight into the variety of careers available during Skills for Work Month this September. Now in its third year, the FBF campaign has provided over 25,000 opportunities for young unemployed people to attend employability master classes offering key skills such as CV writing, interview practice and how best to present themselves. A further 15,000 workshops are taking place across the country this month.

Across September, P&G will be running five workshops at its UK sites in Surrey, Reading, Harrogate and Newcastle. Each workshop, led by a senior P&G Manager and worked in partnership with local Job Centres and Colleges, will focus on equipping young people with CV writing skills and interview tips to help them in their search for employment.



Speaking at the roundtable, Prime Minister David Cameron said:

“I want to make sure young people know what opportunities are out there for them, so they can develop the skills they need to get themselves into good jobs and earn a living. It is part of the government’s long-term economic plan to make sure the next generation can achieve their full potential and secure a better and brighter future for themselves and for Britain.

“We have already seen record drops in youth unemployment – and I am grateful for those involved with schemes like Feeding Britain’s Future which have provided opportunities for training, work experience and apprenticeships and led to real career progression for young people.”





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