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Young unemployed can help feed the future of Blackburn and Darwen
BLACKBURN and Darwen Jobcentre Plus has teamed up with local food and grocery businesses as part of a nationwide campaign to help young unemployed people into work.
The scheme is being highlighted as part of the Lancashire Telegraph’s Action4Jobs campaign, which helps bring together employers and education providers to help people of all ages find work, and develop career opportunities.
The campaign also focuses on the local jobs market and showcases career and training opportunities available in East Lancashire.
Feeding Britain’s Future – designed by research and training charity IGD – will see unemployed young people from across Lancashire go into farms, factories and stores for free skills training during September. Participants will also receive advice on how to improve their skills, such as how to write a CV and perform at interview.
In Lancashire, more than 28 companies have pledged to create 637 free workshop spaces to help young people get a foot on the career ladder.
Minister for Employment Mark Hoban said: “I am determined to give young people all the help they need to have a good start to their careers, which is why we are working with employers up and down the country to encourage them to provide training and work experience opportunities to help young people get into work.
“The food and grocery industry is the UK’s biggest employer so it’s great news that 23 aspirational young people in Blackburn and Darwen will have the chance to gain the skills necessary to get a job in the sector.”
Judith Dowling from Jobcentre Plus in Blackburn and Darwen said: “It’s great news for jobseekers when businesses come together to create opportunities that will help them into work.
“Blackburn and Darwen have some fantastic food and grocery businesses and this campaign is an opportunity for them to offer important skills training to those who need it most.
“Local young unemployed people must take advantage of what’s on offer and sign up to a workshop as soon as possible.”
Joanne Denney-Finch OBE, chief executive of IGD, said: “Feeding Britain’s Future is about helping young people to understand the rules of the game.
“By offering valuable training in areas like CV writing and interview skills, we want to build confidence so they can compete in the jobs market.”
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