Tea makers Typhoo have opened their doors to young people in an effort to encourage more students to join the food and drink industry.
The endeavour is art of the IGD campaign, Feeding Britain’s Future, and is the first time the Wirral-based company has joined.
The food and grocery industry provides a huge array of opportunities and jobs and the chance to develop key skills and prospects. Through IGD, the industry has come together as a total chain to provide thousands of opportunities for young people in locations right across the country.
According to IGD, 40% of those employed following Feeding Britain’s Future 2013 are now employed in the food and grocery industry.
On a visit to the Typhoo Factory, Minister for Employment, as well as Wirral West MP, Esther McVey, said; “I’m delighted Typhoo is getting behind this initiative to give young people career skills and business knowhow. Staff are sharing experiences as well as explaining the multitude of opportunities that lie within this industry. It’s only by taking up this experience that you will find out what this industry has to offer. And with youth unemployment falling and job opportunities opening up – it’s support like this that could provide you with your ideal career.”
The participants received advice in a workshop session, and had a guided tour of the factory floor with head of factory, Steve Barratt, and operations manager, Ken Mullin. Following this, youngsters were guided to Typhoo’s Tasting & Blending Department where they learnt the importance of quality control and how to tea taste like a professional