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12 February 2018

Showing our support for the IGD Schools Partnership

‚ÄčThe IGD School Partnership programme links food businesses with local secondary schools to create bespoke relationships between a company head office or factory site and a school in the local community. 

Colleagues can visit the local schools or invite students to their company site. The sessions are tailored to the needs of the students and compliment the company’s areas of expertise, for example: 

- Factory site visits showcasing high-tech factories and the range of roles,
- Food technicians working with food tech students to bring to life the curriculum and show how their studies are used in the workplace, 
- Marketing and NPD project-based competitions which have formed part of students’ qualifications, interview practice and CV advice workshops run by HR teams. 

 The programme forms part of our ongoing commitment to develop the skills of young people, build strong community links and highlight career paths in the food and drink industry. You can read more about these commitments here. 
 
290617-0065.jpgIn 2017, the IGD created 21 schools partnerships across a number of business, which included five from Premier Foods. 

We’re delighted that of the 1,000 students trained across the 21 School Partnerships created in 2017 by the IGD, 489 of them were students from our five partnerships! 

 David Wilkinson, HR and Communications Director, said “To see that in the last year we’ve provided almost half of the training opportunities for students is fantastic. As a business we’re committed to increasing young people's understanding of the varied and extensive roles available in the Food and Drink industry.” 

Joanne Denney-Finch, IGD Chief Executive, said: “The School Partnerships initiative, is already having a big impact. Some 81% of students that took part in the initiative last year agreed that the workshop helped prepare them for the world of work.

“The School Partnerships initiative is part of IGD’s Feeding Britain’s Future campaign, which has been helping students since 2015 to develop their employability skills. The campaign brings the food and grocery industry together to inspire the next generation and has trained 24,000 students since it started.”

 


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