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Feeding Britain's Future

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Our Feeding Britain's Future group supports delivery of an industry-wide programme to inspire the next generation.  The programme provides insight into the variety of roles within the food and grocery supply chain, along with training in the skills needed to succeed in the world of work.  In total, Feeding Britain's Future helped 17,000 people in 2016 - from unemployed 18-24 year olds to students exploring their options at school.  The programme was supported by 300 food and grocery companies and 2,000 industry volunteers.

2017 areas of focus:

  • Looking ahead to 2017, Feeding Britain's Future will continue to inform and inspire young people about the world of work, and equip them with the skills they need to begin their careers
  • We will increase the number of learning opportunities offered to young people, by running more workshops in secondary schools, and expanding the number of schools and companies forging longer-term partnerships
  • We will deepen the learning experience by developing high quality, engaging and relevant resources on employability for young people and education providers
  • From grocery leaders and employees, from shop floor to head office, we will mobilise our industry across the supply chain and bring ever more companies in contact with young people

Results and feedback scores 2016

Skills for Work Month

  • 200 companies took part
  • 9,500 learning opportunities
  • 600 workshops were hosted around the country
  • 90% of participants said they had developed skills that could help them get a job
  • 80% of the participating companies were satisfied with their participation

Schools programme

  • 7,500 Year 9 and Year 12 students attended a workshop
  • 340 workshops were hosted in schools around the country
  • 1,200 industry volunteers went back to school
  • 91% of students feel more prepared for the world of work
  • 70% of students would consider a career in the food and grocery industry following the workshop
  • 100% of teachers say the workshops have developed the skills of their students
  • As part of a piloted new initiative, 7 partnerships between businesses and schools were created to drive deeper engagement between a company and their local secondary school.  Companies partners with their school to run a range of activities that help students develop their employability skills.


  • 2 Sisters Food Group Limited
  • Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board
  • ASDA Stores Ltd
  • Bakkavor Group
  • Coca-Cola European Partners
  • Dairy Crest Group plc
  • Greencore Group plc
  • Marks and Spencer plc
  • Mars Chocolate UK Ltd
  • Marshfield Bakery
  • Mondelēz International
  • Premier Foods Group Plc
  • Sainsbury's
  • Tesco plc
  • The Co-operative Group
  • Unilever UK Limited
  • Waitrose Ltd
  • Wm Morrison Supermarkets plc

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