Food firm wants to feed Sunderland’s future

Steve Murrells, a chief executive at Co-Op

Steve Murrells, a chief executive at Co-Op

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A FOOD chain is hosting skills workshops for young unemployed people in Sunderland.

The Co-operative Food firm is running the free employability events in the city as part of a national campaign to tackle youth unemployment.

For the third year running, The Co-op is backing the food and grocery industry’s “Feeding Britain’s Future: Skills for Work Month” throughout September, helping young people across the country gain the skills they need to get into work.

The Wearside sessions, for people aged 16 to 24, will be held at Southwick Jobcentre Plus, Stoney Lane, Sunderland, today and Monday,

Sessions are for up to 20 people, led by Co-op staff who have volunteered their time and have been specially trained to take the workshops.

Steve Murrells, a chief executive with the company, said: “As a community retailer, we are committed to playing an active role in the local areas we operate.

“I am extremely proud that we will be offering hundreds of places across the UK, to provide young unemployed people with the essential skills they need to secure jobs, and that so many of our colleagues have volunteered to support the scheme.

“We are delighted to be backing the Feeding Britain’s Future initiative once again.

“It’s a great way to help improve young people’s skills and confidence, boost their employability and, ultimately, get them into work.”

Feeding Britain’s Future is a campaign led by food and grocery research and training charity, IGD.

It will see thousands of unemployed young people from across the country receive free skills training during September.

To register for a place on one of the workshops, go to: www.futuretastesgood.co.uk.