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Local unemployed youngsters invited to take a look behind factory gates

Press Release   •   Aug 24, 2015 09:54 BST

Unemployed youngsters in Birmingham will have the opportunity to gain an insight into careers within the food industry and increase their employability skills, when they visit Mondelēz International next month.

Participants will be taking part in Feeding Britain’s Future – Skills for Work Month 2015, a national campaign led by research and training charity IGD.

The initiative is helping to prepare thousands of schoolchildren, young people and the wider unemployed for the world of work by providing an insight into the careers available within the food and grocery industry and employability skills training.

In partnership with Jobcentre Plus, Mondelēz International will be inviting individuals to visit its Bournville site on Friday 11th and Wednesday 16th September, where they will gain an insight into its most famous brands including Cadbury. They will also have the opportunity to explore future opportunities through its Early Careers programme.

Kelly Farrell, community affairs manager at Mondelēz International, says: “We are proud to have been part of Feeding Britain’s Future since its launch in 2012. Our volunteers are looking forward to providing individuals with an insight into the manufacturing and food industry and sharing their expertise and career tips.

“In previous years, we have noticed the impact the day has had on individuals’ confidence in particular, and we are delighted to show our support again this year.”

The grocery industry is the UK’s biggest private sector employer providing 3.8m – or one in seven – jobs. Now in its fourth year, the scheme has been expanded beyond 16-24 year olds and over 200 companies from the industry will now work with the unemployed across all age groups.

Joanne Denney-Finch, chief executive at IGD, adds: “Now in its fourth year, Feeding Britain’s Future goes from strength to strength – both in terms of scale and impact.

“This year, we are expanding the programme to cover all age groups. A further 17,000 workshops are being offered across the UK and this will bring the cumulative total to nearly 60,000 opportunities for unemployed people and schoolchildren by the end of 2015.

“With the introduction of our newly launched Schools Programme, this is the first time any industry has come together to provide a full spectrum of support, from schoolchildren right through to older unemployed people. As Britain’s largest private sector employer, with 3.8m people, our industry is working together to use its scale to have a significant positive impact. We are helping thousands of people by raising awareness of the diverse range of careers available within food and grocery and providing employability skills training.”

For more information about Feeding Britain’s Future please visit: www.igd.com/feedingbritainsfuture.

About Mondelēz International

Mondelēz International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MDLZ) is a global snacking powerhouse, with pro forma 2014 revenue of more than $30 billion. Creating delicious moments of joy in 165 countries, Mondelēz International is a world leader in biscuits, chocolate, gum, candy and powdered beverages, with billion-dollar brands such as Oreo, LU and Nabisco biscuits; Cadbury, Cadbury Dairy Milk and Milka chocolate; Trident gum and Tang powdered beverages. Mondelēz International is a proud member of the Standard and Poor’s 500, NASDAQ 100 and Dow Jones Sustainability Index. Visit www.mondelezinternational.com or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/MDLZ

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