Hovis in Dagenham opens its doors to help the young unemployed

Margaret Hodge MP presents certificate to the young people who attended Hovis' Open Day

Margaret Hodge MP presents certificate to the young people who attended Hovis' Open Day - Credit: Archant

Unemployed youths have visited one of Britain’s largest food producers to learn about the industry and the opportunities it offers.

Premier Foods opened up its Hovis distribution centre in Choats Lane, Dagenham, on September 27 to offer skills training and jobs for local people.

As well as practical sessions, those participating were given CV and interview sessions with HR managers.

It is part of the company’s national drive to give young people first-hand knowledge of a career in the food industry.

Gavin Darby, CEO of Premier Foods, commented: “It’s important we support young people in our local communities to develop the skills needed to find work either in our industry or elsewhere.”

Barking MP Margaret Hodge welcomed the initiative, saying: “I met the young people who attended Premier Foods’ Open Day. All of them had had difficulties finding work and work that wasn’t short-term. They all deserved a chance.

“I welcome local businesses taking the time to invest in young people in the area. Giving young people a sense of what’s out there, and the skills needed to get them into work is important.”