James Brokenshire has been behind the meat counter at Morrison’s supermarket in Sidcup to highlight how work experience schemes can help people into work as well as benefiting employers. Morrison’s Sidcup has taken on two young people looking for work as part of the ‘Feeding Britain’s Future’ Initiative.
Feeding Britain’s Future is an industry-wide attempt to help young job seekers find their first steps on the employment ladder. Supported by Jobcentre Plus, the scheme has seen more than 180 food and grocery employers offer 15,000 work experience opportunities to young people up and down the country.
As part of their contribution, Morrison’s branches across the country have committed to taking on job seekers between the ages of 16 and 18 for up to three days’ work experience. The three days see them busily working in different areas of the supermarket, including the fishmongers, the cake shop and the butchery where James donned his butchers apron to join the candidates and see things from the other side of the counter.
The store’s personnel manager has also provided useful hints and tips to the candidates for improving their CVs and interview techniques to help them stand out in the job market.
Commenting James said:
“I welcome the efforts of members of the food and groceries industry such as Morrison’s for their work to support the Feeding Britain’s Future Initiative. The time and care that staff at the Sidcup store have shown will certainly help improve the candidates’ employment prospects and is already opening their eyes to the wealth of career possibilities available to them. Going behind the scenes at the butchers counter also gave me a new insight on the work! I wish them every success in finding fulfilling, long term employment in the very near future.
“Schemes like this also underline how employers can benefit by working with talented young people. They can help firms identify potential needs in their businesses and help them select the right candidate to fill new job opportunities”.