Since last August, Tesco has helped over 10,000 young people develop their employability and life skills through its partnership with the Prince’s Trust and its work with Institute of Grocery Distribution (IGD) – a challenge it set itself three years to complete as part of its Little Helps Plan.
The partnership with the Prince’s Trust sees the retailer supporting its Achieve Clubs, which give disadvantaged young people in secondary school, the opportunity to develop the skills they need for the future. The partnership also saw some of the young people spend time in Tesco stores with colleagues to find out about the different career options available in stores including customer service and stock control.
Tesco also works with the IGD to help young people learn about the wide variety of roles available across the food and drinks industry, and the skills needed for a successful career in the industry. More than 240 colleagues visited schools to meet and talk to 13-18 year olds about their own career journey and the skills they use at work.
Emma Taylor, Tesco People Director, said:
“Every young person has great potential and we want to help them fulfil it. We’re passionate about encouraging the next generation to consider a career in the food and drink industry. To have reached our target in only 12 months is a huge achievement and testament to the energy and hard work of our volunteers.”
Anne Bordier, Director of Charity Programmes at IGD, said:
“It’s been fantastic having Tesco’s support for the Feeding Britain’s Future Programme, and we are grateful to all its volunteers who have given up their time to help young people develop their employability skills and make important decisions on their career paths. Since 2015, more than 40,000 students across the country have benefitted from our workshops and from the expertise of professionals from over 200 businesses across the food and consumer goods sector. These industry volunteers have played an important part in inspiring the next generation about a career in our industry, with its wide range of interesting and ambitious roles.”
Nick Stace, UK Chief Executive at The Prince’s Trust, said:
“We know that having the confidence and skills to succeed in education is important for young people to build a better future for themselves and their communities. Over the last year, Tesco has helped us build this confidence in young people in areas of most need, through their support of our Achieve programme. We will never give up on young people, and working with ambitious partners like Tesco is key to reaching our goal of helping one million more young people to transform their lives over the next ten years.”