Feeding Ireland’s Future
A new intitiaive based on collaboration between the food and retail industry and the government aims to help jobseekers get back to the workplace
28 September 2015
A new collaboration between the food and retail sector and the Department of Social protection aims to assist jobseekers in the hunt for work throught training, encouragement and other leg-ups. Feeding Ireland’s Future already helped more than 1,200 young people and involved 26 companies across Ireland last year, according to a report in the Irish Independent.
One of the companies involved is Musgrave’s, which last year supported more than 300 young people as part of the FIF programme. Adrian Grey, group HR director at the company says that his involvement with Feeding Ireland’s future began when the Department of Social Protection contacted his office to inquire about his assistance. “We’re a family business,” Grey tells the Independent, ” and as a result we’re very much embedded in the local communities – as are our independent retailers.”
Grey says this connection with the community is what makes FIF and Musgrave’s a good fit together. “It’s about giving back to the community,” he says. “We also work with Junior Achievement, because we try to work across the spectrum of education and employment. We go out to loal schools, and through Junior Achievement try to keep young people in school longer and, in doing so, secure their future.”
Gray explains that Musgrave’s commitment to the Department’s Employment and Young Activation Charter is about working in partnership with the Department of Social Protection and developing initiatives such as FIF. “It’s about helping people to prepare for employment and about making a commitment to interview people from the Live Register,” he says. “This will then hopefully lead to those people obtaining employment.”
Musgrave’s is one of the companies attening the Intreo Careers fare this week, taking place across multiple locations on September 29th.