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Work Experience on offer in Gloucestershire

Young people in Gloucestershire have been given a helping hand with work experience at Co-operative food stores.

13 young people across the county took advantage of work experience opportunities at The Midcounties Co-operative Food stores in Gloucestershire this month as part of the government backed Feeding Britain’s Future campaign.

Feeding Britain’s Future brings together food and grocery companies across the UK that open their doors to provide free employability workshops for young unemployed people.

The Society trades in food retail, funeral, travel, pharmacy, childcare nurseries, flexible benefits and energy, as well as running a number of post offices.

Delivered as part of the their relationship with the grocery research and training charity, IGD, the initiative saw candidates gain hands-on experience of the food industry across a total of 21 days in the store, with colleagues offering information and guidance on the breadth of jobs available within the sector.

28 other branches of The Midcounties Co-operative Food also participated in the activity to provide a combined total of 72 days’ work, reinforcing the Society’s commitment to provide education, training and information to support the positive development of young people within the communities it serves.

Manager of The Midcounties Co-operative Food on Bath Road in Cheltenham, Phil Trueman, said: “It was great to offer work experience to young people in our store recently, and we were impressed with their enthusiasm and application to the tasks we gave to them. Our colleagues were happy to share their knowledge of the industry, and we hope that the experience was useful as they consider their future careers.”

Head of young people’s engagement at The Midcounties Co-operative, David Darlaston, said: “We are proud of our continued partnership with IGD and Feeding Britain’s Future, a campaign which saw more than 15,000 opportunities for young people to gain employment skills during 2013. This initiative was designed to ensure that the food industry works closely with young people to demonstrate the wide selection of great career opportunities within the sector. As a co-operative, supporting the community is a central pillar on which we are founded, so we are pleased to help people to gain hands-on experience to further their development.”