22 September 2015

Back to school for our CEO

Our CEO Gavin Darby, accompanied by bosses of other large UK food and grocery companies, went back to school today to help students understand how lessons learnt in and out of the classroom can help them in working life.

Gavin was at President Kennedy School in Coventry as part of the Institute of Grocery Distribution’s (IGD) nationwide Feeding Britain’s Future Schools Programme to help 13 to 17-year-olds with the skills they need to find work. It’s the first time any industry has come together to provide a full spectrum of support, from schoolchildren right through to older unemployed people.

The programme is set to reach 5,000 pupils by the end of November and will help them understand the power of transferable skills, by providing examples of how expertise at work can be developed at school and through extra-curricular activities; the link between the subjects they’re studying at school and how this can influence future careers; and how to write eye-catching CVs and deal with challenging interview questions.

Talking about the programme, Gavin said: “I’m passionate about helping young people develop the skills they need to successfully enter the workplace. The IGD Schools Programme is a great way for us to work together to connect with local schools and share our experience as business leaders as well as the exciting range of career opportunities that exist in our sector. I'm proud to be a part of this initiative."

This is part of the wider Feeding Britain’s Future activity that is continuing across our industry and at our sites until the beginning of October. At Premier Foods that means around 300 ​training opportunities to help give the young unemployed local to our sites the skills training they need to help them find work.​ The Schools Programme will provide a total of 5,000 training places across all the businesses taking part.

Read the IGD's full news release on their website.

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