Grocery industry charity says it will accelerate its work to attract next generation into food sector, stressing responsibility to build a talent pipeline for the future

IGD has emphasised its commitment to raising awareness of the wide range of employment opportunities available in the food and consumer goods sectors.

The organisation was named in the independent review into labour shortages led by former G’s CEO John Shropshire and was recognised for the key role it plays in inspiring young people to enter the food sector.

One of the recommendations made in the review is that the Food and Drink Sector Council (FDSC) leads the implementation of “a comprehensive strategy to enhance sector attractiveness”, collaborating with industry organisations including IGD.

Naomi Kissman, social impact director of IGD, said: “IGD has a long and proud history of working with young people in education, giving them insight into the range of careers available in the food and consumer goods industry through our programme of school workshops and virtual work experience weeks.

“As we accelerate the work we do in this space, we are delighted to be named in this set of recommendations as an organisation with the right skills and expertise to raise awareness of the fantastic employment opportunities in our sector.

“The food and consumer goods industry is the largest private sector employer in the UK, responsible for one in seven jobs. Now more than ever, we have a collective responsibility to build a talent pipeline for the future.

“Our ambition is to inspire young people and create lasting impact. Our focus will be on working with industry to build relationships locally, to explore how we can work together to create stronger pipelines of talent.”