Grant Watson

Link up helps local unemployed to realise their career potential

ABP Doncaster has teamed up with the Community Shop initiative, based in Goldthorpe, to provide vital training and education to local people – helping the unemployed around Barnsley and Doncaster to find their way into employment.

The Community Shop is the UK’s first social supermarket, and has been established to provide local people with advice, education and training to help them get their foot on the career ladder. Having teamed up with the local initiative, ABP is calling on local people to take advantage of the range of jobs and training opportunities on offer - including production and warehouse opportunities and in-employment training.

The partnership has already seen three local people find employment in a variety of roles at ABP Doncaster, including production and engineering. There are also plans being discussed to help people who struggle with transport to and from work, with the Community Shop looking to team up with a local transport company.

Michelle Griffin, Human Resources Manager at ABP Doncaster, commented: “The Community Shop training lasts six months and really helps local unemployed people to gain new skills in a wealth of areas; including CV writing, interview training and sector specific training. We’re working alongside the initiative and Barnsley College to encourage local people struggling to find work to get involved and take the first steps to what could be a fantastic new career.”

Since its inception in December 2013, the initiative has already helped 22 people progress into full-time work. For more information on the Community Shop work initiative or for information on employment opportunities at ABP please visit http://www.abpfoodgroup.com/ or contact Michelle Griffin at michelle.griffin@abpbeef.com.

For further information about ABP Doncaster visit: www.digitalnewsroom.co.uk/abp

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