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What is Skills for Work Month?

Skills for Work Month is an established part of IGD’s Feeding Britain's Future campaign developed in partnership with DWP and Job Centre Plus. It is designed to provide young people and the wider unemployed with an insight into the food and grocery industry and equip them with practical skills to aid their job search. 

Highlights from Skills for Work Month 2016

This year the programme ran from September 12th to October 14th. IGD’s focus was to provide employability skills training for a large number of unemployed people, and we are delighted to report the following outcomes.

  • We brought together nearly 200 companies from across the food and grocery industry who provided 9,500 learning opportunities throughout the campaign
  • 600 workshops were hosted by food and grocery employers around the country to help young unemployed people develop their employability skills – examples of workshops include; tailored CV advice, understanding the online application process and learning new skills through “light touch” work experience
  • 130 'Jobathons' took place – these were one day events bringing together several food and grocery companies in one place to offer employability skills training to unemployed people. Jobathons have been supported and hosted by selected Jobcentres across the country, focusing in areas of high youth unemployment
  • 90% of participants said they developed skills that could help them get a job
  • 80% of the participating companies were satisfied with the programme 

We are also pleased to report the following additional outcome of Skills for Work month; as a result of JCP and employer’s efforts over 20,000 unemployed people attended a career fair event organised with food and grocery employers at their local JCP.




Highlights 2016:
Food and grocery companies host 600 workshops

Food and grocery companies from across our industry came together for four weeks in September and October to provide young unemployed people insights into the food and grocery industry and equip them with practical skills...

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Where are they now:
becoming a flavour technician at KP Snacks

Maisie attended a one-week Feeding Britain’s Future programme at KP Snacks in Billingham in September 2014. Now a Flavour Technician in the manufacturing team at KP Snacks, she tells us about her FBF experience and why she thinks you should get involved.

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Where are they now:
from jobless graduate to manufacturing guru

As a university graduate unsuccessful in his search for work, John Comer attended a Feeding Britain’s Future Skills for Work Month workshop back in 2013. Through his participation in FBF John found work at Greencore Group Plc and even represented the programme at Number...

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Where are they now:
FBF workshop attendee shines at KP Snacks

Nathan attended a one-week Feeding Britain’s Future programme at KP Snacks in September 2014 with 12 other young unemployed people, having been unsuccessful in his search for work before being introduced to FBF through his Jobcentre Plus work coach. He found it improved...

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View our Feeding Britain’s Future infographic showing all of the ways you can get involved to support the campaign.

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Frequently asked questions

Confused about taking part? Want to know more about workshops? All of the most frequently asked questions...

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Employer's best practice guide

This guide support the planning of company-based activities and includes best pratice examples, top tips and advice.