MOY Park, Northern Ireland’s largest food company, has shown its support for the Prince’s Trust by welcoming a visit by 10 young adults, who are participating in the Trust’s ‘Get into Food Processing Programme’, to its Dungannon site.
The Prince’s Trust ‘Get into Food Processing Programme’, sponsored by Invest Northern Ireland, stems from the wider Food Leadership Group NI (FLGNI), which is a collaboration between the Trust and partners from across the agri-food sector; including founding members Moy Park, Dale Farm, Dunbia and Linden Foods.
An important part of the Trust’s innovative programme is providing a series of industry-related site visits and work placements with some of Northern Ireland’s top agri-food companies including Moy Park.
Mike Mullan Moy Park’s HR & Business Improvement Director, said: “Moy Park is delighted to support the Prince’s Trust ‘Get into Food Processing Programme’.
“As a key player in NI’s agri-food industry it is crucial that we support young people across Northern Ireland who are keen to get into this sector.
“Creating opportunities through mentoring or providing work experience is vital to give young people the skills to pursue a career in the food processing industry, whilst tackling the growing skills shortage faced by the industry in Northern Ireland.
“Helping to nurture and develop young people in this way will play a pivotal role in the long term success of the agri-food sector and the health of the wider local economy.”
Ian Jeffers, Director with The Prince’s Trust in Northern Ireland said: “We believe that if we are to continue to tackle the growing challenge of youth unemployment we must work hard to engage with the private sector, listen to their challenges and formulate solutions that support the needs of business and of our young people.
“These are challenging times for us all and with one in four young people in Northern Ireland unemployed it is vital that we work together to give them a chance to succeed.”
Maynard Mawhinney, Invest NI’s Director of Food and Tourism, said: “The food and drinks processing industry in Northern Ireland is very important to the economy.
“This programme is a valuable initiative which is helping to address the skills shortage faced by the Food Processing Industry.
“Encouraging more young people, like those adults working at Moy Park, to consider the Food Processing Industry as a career option will be vital to the sector’s long term growth.”