Business secretary Vince Cable will meet young unemployed people receiving training from Sainsbury’s in Twickenham next Friday (27 September) to bring to a close three weeks of activity across the food and drink sector.
Cable will see for himself one of the schemes providing 15,000 free training opportunities across nearly 200 businesses in the second year of IGD’s Feeding Britain’s Future initiative.
More than 1,200 locations across England, Scotland and Wales have been taking part in the activity, which has involved nearly twice as many companies as its launch year in 2012. Several ministers have also made or are scheduled to make visits to see the workshops in action, including agriculture minister David Heath, who visited an Asda project last week, and health minister Anna Soubry, who will visit Premier Foods next week.
PM David Cameron said: “With farms, factories and food businesses large and small across the country all opening their doors, it is an extremely important initiative that will help to inspire thousands of young people to pursue the wealth of career opportunities offered by the food industry.”
Last week’s ONS unemployment figures showed that while unemployment overall was going down, youth unemployment was continuing to rise. “As the UK’s biggest private sector employer the food and grocery industry accounts for one in seven jobs and we take our responsibility to help people into work very seriously,” said IGD CEO Joanne Denney-Finch.