MP Steve Webb visits a Feeding Britain's Future career workshop at Marshfield Bakery
A BAKERY has risen to the challenge of giving young people a helping hand on the work ladder.
Marshfield Bakery is holding two workshops for youngsters from the local community to give them interview skills and write a CV.
The company is one of 190 across the country supporting a national initiative, Feeding Britain’s Future, led by research and training charity IGD. Other firms to take part include national outfits such as Waitrose, Sainsbury’s, Coca Cola and NFU and the campaign will see 15,000 opportunities to learn new skills.
The bakery has worked with Job Centre Plus in Yate to offer the workshops.
Director Chris Smith said: “One of the unexpected outcomes of running these workshops is that we gain as much from running the workshops as hopefully candidates do in attending them.
“The universal caricature of an unemployed youngster with hoodie, phone and a rather uncooperative attitude could not be further from the reality in our experience.
"They are often quite tenacious in their search for work, but just a bit downhearted and disillusioned as to how they can get themselves onto that first rung on the ladder in a very competitive environment. That is what we try and help with.”
On Thursday (September 19) Thornbury and Yate MP Steve Webb visited one of the workshops in action.
He said: “I am pleased that Marshfield Bakery is making an important contribution locally to employing young people and helping them to learn valuable new skills.
“I hope that many young people from the local area will take part in one of these workshops and consider whether a career in the food industry could be right for them."
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