More than 500 young, unemployed people joined IGD’s virtual work experience programme last week (1 to 5 February), to receive employability skills training.
With young people disproportionately affected by the economic impact of Covid-19, IGD is working with the Department for Work and Pensions and some of the biggest companies in the food and consumer goods industry to scale up its work experience programme, running four virtual events in 2021. These will provide vital support and training in a bid to kickstart young people’s job search at a time they need it most.
IGD’s week-long work experience programme develops essential employability skills and boosts confidence. Participants in the February programme heard from 18 industry professionals, ranging from CEO to apprentice, providing unrivalled advice and insight into the world of work in food and consumer goods. Industry experts focused on specific topics including engineering, sales and marketing, sustainability, and technology, highlighting key areas where there are known skills gaps for the industry.
A participant of IGD’s work experience week said: “The masterclasses were very informative and have given me the confidence to go forward with my job search. I was amazed to understand how many different roles there are in the food industry and have really developed my employability skills.”