As part of the government’s Kickstart scheme, fast growth baby and toddler food brand, Piccolo, has successfully secured the opportunity to offer quality job placements to young people.
With the National Skills Academy for Food & Drink (NSAFD) and the Food and Drink Federation (FDF), young people have the chance to gain real industry experience and receive a wage during their job placement.
Despite the challenges of the past year, Piccolo continues to thrive, having successfully pivoted in response to the Covid-19 crisis by setting up its own online e-commerce site and personalised baby food subscription service. Piccolo has been granted 14 kickstart positions to help support its plans to grow further still, with roles available in marketing and PR, sales and operations, as well as customer service and web development.
Those who complete their six month placement will also gain a food and drink manufacturing ‘passport’, which confirms their readiness to get a job in the industry, as well as an employability programme delivered by Youth Employment UK.
During the Covid-19 pandemic, the vital role of the food and drink industry in keeping the nation fed has taken centre stage and the sector has shown remarkable strength and resilience.
As the UK’s largest manufacturing sector, the food and drink industry continues to offer a hugely diverse range of jobs at all skill levels and has remained one of the few industries actively recruiting throughout the pandemic.
Cat Gazzoli, founder of Piccolo said: “After becoming one of The Sunday Times’ Fast Track Ones to Watch, we’re thrilled to be offering young people the chance to gain experience working at an ambitious FMCG start up. It’s a fantastic opportunity to hone their skills and see first-hand how they can contribute to the success of a company”
Ian Wright, CEO at FDF, said: “Businesses across food and drink manufacturing are delighted to support the Kickstart scheme. It offers young people real pay and real workplace experiences. That combination offers an excellent way to kickstart their careers”
Louise Cairns, CEO at the NSAFD said: “We are delighted to be supporting the food and drink sector in offering exciting and varied kickstart placements to young people. Our kickstart programme will give these young people an opportunity to experience exciting job placements with businesses, both small and large, to help them secure a future career in the sector”
Minister for Employment Mims Davies MP said: “It’s great to see food and drink manufacturers rallying together to offer vital opportunities to gain key industry experience and training through the Kickstart Scheme, boosting their longer term prospects.
This demonstrates how our Plan for Jobs is helping people back into work and vitally supporting employers in high demand and key growth sectors to recruit, as we push to build back better and level up opportunity across the country.”