Greenvale helping to tackle youth unemployment

Berwickshire youngsters will have the opportunity to gain the skills to get into work when they visit Greenvale’s Duns site.

Between September 9-11 Greenvale will host young people as part of a nationwide campaign to tackle youth unemployment.

Following the success of a pilot project in 2012, the entire food and grocery industry has launched Feeding Britain’s Future – Skills for Work Month 2013 and is helping youngsters across Berwickshire to gain the skills they need to get into work.

Feeding Britain’s Future, led by research charity IGD, is the first initiative of its kind, giving young people access to farms, factories and stores, and firsthand knowledge of the skills needed for a career in the food industry or elsewhere.

Last year 70 businesses participated, in 700 locations covering every region in the UK. The campaign provided 10,000 training opportunities with 98% of participants saying they felt more confident applying for a job.

This year the campaign already has over 100 companies signed up and plans to offer more than 12,000 opportunities for young unemployed people across 1,000 locations nationwide.

Youngsters from Berwickshire will have CV and interview sessions with HR Managers from Greenvale to help them develop their employability skills and improve their chances of getting a job.

As well as workshops to improve their soft skills, all participants will have the chance to understand what goes on in a potato packhouse, how the business is run and the wide range of careers available working at Greenvale, the UK’s leading supplier of fresh potatoes.

Jill Jamieson, HR manager for Greenvale said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for us to help the younger generation back into work and offer tips and advice on what is required from prospective employees when applying for vacancies. In addition, it gives us an opportunity to show that Greenvale is not just about packing potatoes - we have many supporting functions that require other skills and expertise without which we would not be able to fulfil our customers’ needs.”

Joanne Denney-Finch, chief executive, IGD, added: “The UK food and grocery industry employs 3.7 million people, providing one in seven jobs - making us Britain’s biggest private sector employer. Wee have a vital role to play in tackling youth unemployment by sharing advice and experience. We hope those from in and around Berwickshire will make the most of this opportunity to develop their skills and grow their confidence.”