Musgrave Group did its part to help reduce youth unemployment in Ireland by running career development sessions for young jobseekers, as part of the Feeding Ireland’s Future ‘Skills for Work Week’.
From the 29 February to 4 March, suppliers and service providers to the Irish food and grocery sector offered free pre-employment skills advice to more than 1,000 young jobseekers, with 28% of the participants attending a Musgrave workshop across 12 sites nationwide.
Musgrave’s HR team delivered workshops on a range of topics, including how to manage a social media reputation, CV preparation, and drafting cover letters and applications.
Jobseekers were also taken on site tours to give them an idea of what a career in the food and grocery industry entails, and had a chance to do interview role-plays.
New to this year’s Skills for Work Week was a partnership with Youthreach, a Department of Education and Skills official education, training and work experience programme for early school leavers. 19 of the programme’s centres took part in the initiative, with Musgrave facilitating training for 21% of these across Cork, Waterford, Dublin and Killarney.
Adrian Grey, Musgrave Group HR Director commented, "As the largest private sector employer in Ireland, we are delighted to be participating in this initiative and helping young people gain an understanding of the range of career opportunities available in the Irish food industry.
"Our workshops are designed to support young unemployed people in developing the skills needed to secure a job through hands-on experience which demonstrates what a day in the food industry is like. We hope to inspire young people to pursue a career in food and in doing so, help to boost one of the most important industries for the Irish economy."
Pictured are young jobseekers Emma Staunton and Ryan Smith, with Musgrave HR officer Elaine Heffernan
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