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Drink manufacturers Coca-Cola have helped Edmonton youth gain employment after an open day
After looking high and low for work, an Edmonton teenager has found his first job thanks to an open day at a Coca-Cola factory.
With unemployment in Edmonton among the highest in the country at nearly 14 per cent, Coca-Cola Enterprises is looking to change the statistics and provided an insight for unemployed job seekers to help them gain jobs.
The scheme Feeding Britain’s Future is the first initiative of its kind giving people skills and expertise to work in factories and stores which accounts for one in seven jobs in the UK.
Raymond Bradley, 19, of Kitling Terrace, Edmonton, has been turned down in the past but after attending the factory day, found a job at Edmonton Argos in Ravenside Close.
Nonetheless he admits he has mixed emotions.
He said: “I am excited about starting my first job but also very nervous at the same time because I am going into the unknown, I will be in the factory and it will be great to get some experience in this field.”
After attending Southgate College and gaining his Level Two sports coaching badge, the Edmonton youth believes it was very important to gain knowledge of the industry through the open day.
He added: “It was a real eye-opener for me, they showed us round the site where we managed to see all the different parts behind the scenes of the company. We were then given advice about how get jobs and improve our CVs, it was an important day.”
Bill Muirhead, education programme manager at CCE, said: “Feeding Britain's Future, led by research charity IGD, aims to galvanise the entire food and grocery sector to help 16 to 24 year olds across Great Britain gain the skills they need to get into work.
“It is the first initiative of its kind, giving young people access to farms, factories and stores, and first-hand knowledge of the skills needed for a career in the food industry or elsewhere.”
Joanne Denney-Finch, chief executive at IGD, believes that they are playing a vital role in getting unemployed youths back into work and feels that people in Edmonton will grasp the opportunity to develop skills and grow in confidence.
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