As part of the Feeding Ireland’s Future initiative from Efficient Consumer Response (ECR), who encourage retailers and suppliers to adopt industry best practices, our bottler Coca-Cola HBC Ireland hosted 40 jobseekers from across North Dublin during ‘Skills for Work Week’.

Now in its third year, ‘Feeding Ireland’s Future’ is an initiative which brings Irish companies in the retail, food and drink industries together to offer pre-employment skills and training to young unemployed people between the ages of 18 – 24. 

2016 saw the Ballycoolin-based beverage company’s involvement for a second year and over the course of the week, unemployed young people from Finglas, Blanchardstown, Santry, Artane, Donaghmede and Raheny availed of the opportunity to develop practical skills required to secure employment, or return to work.

During the week, employees at Coca-Cola HBC shared their knowledge and experience with the programme participants to help them to develop skills needed for a career in the food and drink industry, including other relevant sectors. 

Sessions throughout the week included workshops on CV writing and interview preparation, how to leverage online tools such as LinkedIn, insights into recruiter selection methods, and communication and presentation skills training.

“As Ireland’s leading non-alcoholic drinks company with roots in Ballycoolin, we were delighted to participate in ‘Feeding Ireland’s Future’ for a 2nd year, and support jobseekers from communities across North Dublin” said Orla Heffernan, Coca-Cola HBC HR business partner.

“We were really pleased to see such engagement in this initiative from our employees at Coca-Cola HBC who were eager and willing to impart their experience and advice. Feedback from the programme participants has indicated that it was a valuable worthwhile week for all involved.”

Almost 1,000 young people used the opportunity to gain the skills they need to get back to work in 43 locations across Ireland. The Feeding Ireland’s Future initiative, which is the first of its kind in Ireland, is promoted by ECR Ireland, with the support of its members, in partnership with the Department of Social Protection, through its Intreo service.

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