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Musgrave helping to tackle youth unemployment by offering career development sessions to 350 young jobseekers

An Tánaiste Joan Burton today visited Musgrave’s depot in Fonthill, Dublin as part of Feeding Ireland’s Future ‘Skills for Work Week’. Musgrave Group is helping to tackle youth unemployment by running career development sessions for 350 young jobseekers as part of a collaborative project between Government and industry.

Feeding Ireland’s Future is an initiative in conjunction with the Department of Social Protection Intreo service, ECR Ireland and food and grocery sector industry partners, which will see over 1,200 unemployed young people participate in events from 2nd to 6th March, with almost 30% of participants attending a Musgrave workshop at 21 Musgrave sites nationwide.

Over the course of the week, Musgrave’s HR team will discuss a range of topics with participants including how to manage their social media reputation; preparing their CVs; how to draft cover letters and applications; and interview role plays. Participants are also taken on site tours to give them an overview of what a career in the food and grocery industry entails. A number of key SuperValu retailers will also be participating and through this demonstrating their commitment to their local communities.

Commenting on the initiative, Adrian Grey, Musgrave Group HR Director, said: “As the largest private sector employer in Ireland, we want to give young unemployed people an insight into the range of careers available in the Irish food industry, with a particular focus on our retail and wholesale businesses. This is a fantastic initiative for participants to help them develop vital skills in terms of interview and CV preparation. It also lets them experience first-hand what a day in the life of someone working in the food industry is like. We hope to inspire young people taking part in the initiative to pursue a career in the food sector, helping to boost one of the most important industries for the Irish economy.”

More information about Feeding Ireland’s Future is available at http://www.ecrireland.ie/

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