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Minister's visit to food factory
UNEMPLOYED young people in the North-East were visited by a Government minister today (Tuesday, September 17) as part of a campaign to help them find work.
Minister of State for Employment, Mark Hoban MP, attended a workshop at Intersnack UK in Tanfield Lea, near Stanley, in County Durham.
This month, the firm is offering skills training to help tackle youth unemployment as part of a nationwide initiative by the entire food and grocery industry called Feeding Britain’s Future – Skills for Work Month 2013.
Mr Hoban, the MP for Fareham in Hampshire, who is from Peterlee, said: “I am determined to give young people all the help they need to have a good start to their careers, which is why we are working with employers up and down the country to encourage them to provide training and work experience opportunities to help young people get into work.
“The food and grocery industry is the UK’s biggest employer so it’s great news that in total 15,000 aspirational young people will have the chance to take part in events like this, and improve their chances of getting their foot on the career ladder."
A total of 16 local youngsters are participating in the two full day workshops at Intersnack, with a second next Tuesday.
They have the chance to meet employees and find out more about their roles in the food industry, as well as touring the site.
They are also brushing up on CV and interview skills as well as undertaking practical sessions, such as with the site’s sensory taste panel.
Nicki Rumble, human resources manager at Intersnack said: “We are delighted to open our doors to give local youngsters some direct experience of our business and the chance to learn more about the food industry, which is one of the most exciting and dynamic sectors of UK manufacturing.”
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