The Southern Co-operative Supports Unemployed as it Takes Part in Skills for Work Month

Unemployed individuals were provided with practical skills to aid their job search by The Southern Co-operative at their head office in Portsmouth as part of IGD’s Feeding Britain’s Future Skills for Work Month.

The southern-based business worked with the JobCentre Plus to support around 30 job seekers from mid-September to mid-October with both full day and half day employability workshops.

Kimberley Adams (far left) and Marie Birt (second from left) from The Southern Co-operative with a selection of delegates after hosting an IGD Feeding Britain’s Future Skills for Work workshop.

Kimberley Adams (far left) and Marie Birt (second from left) from The Southern Co-operative with a selection of delegates after hosting an IGD Feeding Britain’s Future Skills for Work workshop.

Kimberley Adams, Learning and Development Co-ordinator for The Southern Co-operative said: “After successfully taking part in last year’s IGD Skills for Work Feeding Britain’s Future project, The Southern Co-operative were delighted to participate in the programme again this year. We ran weekly employability workshops for one month, seeing around 30 job seekers at our Head Office in Portsmouth who participated in a range of activities, including CV and interview skills, social media awareness and customer service knowledge.

“Our main aim was to equip each delegate with further knowledge to successfully aid their search for employment and to improve their confidence with the recruitment process.  The project was a huge success, with feedback from many job seekers saying they felt they had learnt something new from the day. The programme was a success for us too – one delegate showed so much enthusiasm and promise, we’ve asked him to send his CV to our Recruitment Manager for possible employment!”

The Southern Co-operative ran one workshop a week for four weeks with a variety of useful skills and knowledge shared in each session.  Each delegate was offered guidance with CV writing and the opportunity to have a full individual debrief of their performance at the end of each session.

Joanne Denney-Finch, IGD chief executive, said: “Feeding Britain’s Future is helping to make a real impact on thousands of young people considering their future and actively seeking work. Our industry is 3.8 million strong, accounting for one in seven jobs, making us the largest private sector employer; this initiative is the way in which we can support the next generation of industry talent.”

“Skills for Work Month has been the core of this initiative since the launch in 2012, and over the years, companies from across the industry have engaged to help support not only their local communities but also the wider industry.”