Over 1,200 young people to participate in ‘Skills for Work Week’

The Tanaiste and Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton TD today launched 'Feeding Ireland's Future 2015', an initiative by the Irish food and grocery industry body set up to help support young unemployed people. This is the second year of the initiative and will involve food and grocery companies and service providers to the sector throughout Ireland providing free pre-employment skills for young people through its core initiative 'Skills for Work Week', a designated skills training week in March 2015. The programme is being promoted by ECR Ireland with the support of its members in partnership with the Department of Social Protection through its Intreo service. Launching Skills for Work Week which runs from 2nd to 6th March 2015 were ECR Ireland board member David O'Neill, Managing Director of SHS Sales & Marketing, Tanaiste and Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton TD and Declan Carolan, General Manager ECR Ireland. Photo Chris Bellew / Fennell Photography
ECR Ireland board member David O'Neill, managing director of SHS Sales & Marketing, Tanaiste and Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton and Declan Carolan, general manager ECR Ireland. Photo: Chris Bellew / Fennell Photography

26 companies to participate in next week's initiative by the Irish food and grocery industry to support young jobseekers

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Over 1,200 young people will have the opportunity to gain the skills they need to get back to work when they visit 26 participating companies in 54 locations during Ireland’s ‘Skills for Work Week’ from Monday, 2 March to Friday, 6 March 2015.

The project is part of Feeding Ireland’s Futurean initiative by the Irish food and grocery industry, launched by Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection, Joan Burton. As Ireland’s biggest private sector employer, the food and grocery industry will share first-hand knowledge of the skills needed for a career in the food industry or elsewhere.

Skills for Work Week 2015 will provide a range of initiatives including free on-site skills workshops and site visits for young people at locations across Ireland. The focus will be on developing pre-employment skills and will include interview preparation skills, interview tips, CV writing skills, food hygiene and safety training, and job searching advice. Participants will also receive behind the scenes tours of farms, factories, depots, stores and offices of some of Ireland’s leading food and grocery companies.

Companies signed up for Feeding Ireland’s Future 2015 include some of Ireland’s leading names in the grocery industry; BWG Foods, Coca Cola, Keelings, Kellogg’s, Maxol Group, Musgrave Group, Nestlé, P&G Foods, SHS Sales & Marketing, Tesco, and Unilever are all involved.

The Skills for Work initiative, is being promoted by ECR Ireland, with the support of its members, in partnership with the Department of Social Protection through its Intreo service.

 

Declan Carolan, general manager, ECR Ireland said; “Feeding Ireland’s Future is a great example of how the food and grocery industry can collaborate to further the skills of young job seekers in Ireland and better prepare them in their quest for work.”

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