Free job training at Peterlee’s PepsiCo crisp factory

Joanne Abbott (centre) from PepsiCo leads a session aimed at tackling youth unemployment at the Walkers factory in Peterlee.
Joanne Abbott (centre) from PepsiCo leads a session aimed at tackling youth unemployment at the Walkers factory in Peterlee.
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YOUNGSTERS have been getting a flavour of the workplace at a Peterlee crisp factory.

PepsiCo, which owns the Walkers plant, is one of more than 200 companies taking part in Feeding Britain’s Future Month – a collaborative project between the government and industry that is connecting over 15,000 unemployed young people with free training opportunities. Peterlee is one of eight PepsiCo factories taking part.

Youngsters will be given a guided tour before taking part in practical skills development session designed to boost their employability skills.

This will include advice on interview techniques and CV writing, as well as taking part in a “job dating” session where they can discuss career goals and employment tips with PepsiCo staff from a wide range of positions.

Site manager Tracey Foster said: “The PepsiCo team at Peterlee is really getting behind Feeding Britain’s Future again this year. For the young people in our area who are struggling to find employment, this fantastic scheme offers a chance to see inside local businesses, gain vital skills and get a feel for the kinds of career opportunities that are available in food manufacturing.”