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One Stop offers skills training to help tackle youth unemployment in Walsall & Brownhills as part of a nationwide initiative

28 August 2013

Youngsters from in and around Walsall and Brownhills and surrounding areas will have the opportunity to gain the skills they need to get into work when they visit the Head Office of One Stop Stores during September 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 as part of this One Stop Stores is helping youngsters across the West Midlands 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 first-hand 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 the Walsall & Brownhills area will have CV and interview sessions with senior managers and HR managers to help them develop their employability skills and improve their chances of getting a job.

As well as workshops to improve their employability skills, all participants will have the chance to understand the opportunities across the UK food industry, which provides one out of every seven jobs in the UK. One Stop Stores will also be demonstrating the variety of roles and opportunities it can offer, ranging from retail operations to distribution and specialist support roles within a head office environment.

Paula Byrne, Head of People at One Stop Stores Ltd said:
“We are a successful and growing business with stores across England & Wales and to meet our ambitious growth plans we need to engage, recruit and develop the next generation of colleagues to join us in this fast paced and exciting industry. We fully support the IGD’s Feeding Britain’s Future – Skills for Work Month 2013 and look forward to welcoming local young people to help them identify the skills needed for the industry and provide insight into the variety of roles available.”

Joanne Denney-Finch, chief executive, IGD, said:
“The UK food and grocery industry employs 3.7 million people - making us Britain’s biggest private sector employer. With that scale comes responsibility - we have a vital role to play in tackling youth unemployment by sharing our advice and experience.

“Feeding Britain’s Future is bringing the industry together to share the rules of the game with young people. We hope young people from in and around Walsall and Brownhills will make the most of this opportunity to develop their skills and grow their confidence.”

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