Waitrose is to take part in a scheme to help young offenders get into work and will also back the Feeding Britain‘s Future – Skills for Work Month.
Starting this month, members of the Waitrose Personnel team for Cambridgeshire will run monthly sessions in conjunction with HMP/YOI (Young Offenders Institution) in Littlehey, to give participants an understanding of the food industry and the job application and selection process.
The sessions will give those taking part an better insight into areas including how to complete a CV, job application forms and interview techniques.
If successful the scheme could expand to other Young Offender Institutions across the country.
The Feeding Britain‘s Future Skills for Work Month, which is led by Job Centre Plus, will be supported by Waitrose branches across the country and aims to support unemployed 16-24 year olds in the quest for employment through mock interview and CV writing support.
Those taking part will be invited to product knowledge sessions with a Waitrose Specialist in Meat and Fish, Cheese and Deli or Wine.
Helen Hyde, Personnel Director at Waitrose, said: “Waitrose is committed to helping young people get into work, particularly during these difficult economic times. Two fifths of our workforce is under 25, and young people are vital to the success of our business. The teams in our branches are really passionate about working with young people to help them develop their understanding of the food industry and inspire them in their endeavours to get into the workplace.”