Skills for Work Week 2016 is taking place this week, with 30 retail and grocery companies providing pre-employment skills to over 1,000 young people. This year the programme is running from Monday 29th February to Friday 4th March.
As part of the project, the companies are offering a range of initiatives, including free on-site skills workshops as well as tours of factories, farms, stores and offices.
In North Dublin, Kelloggs is offering participants the chance to learn about the production process of Cornflakes, while attendees at the Kerry Foods initiative will gain an insight into R&D as they take part in sausage tasting.
Musgrave Group is giving site tours and ‘A Day in the Life’ workshops, and Unilever is offering hands-on cookery experience in its testing kitchens.
As part of the programme’s partnership with Youthreach, company representatives are also hosting seminars to early school leavers aged between 15 and 20 years old. These seminars will focus on CV skills, interview techniques, skills training and personal development.
Among the other companies taking part are Coca Cola Hellenic, Nestlé, BWG Foods, Topaz, Nielsen and Heineken Ireland.
Efficient Consumer Response Ireland (ECR) are promoting the initiative, and its General Manager, Declan Carolan, has commented, "Skills for Work Week is a great example of how the food and grocery industry can collaborate to enhance the skills of young job seekers in Ireland and better prepare them in their quest for work."
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