Our Award-Winning Training Programme

As a result of grant funding from some amazing partners, we can train unemployed people in our Barnsley and Leeds warehouses. Over an 8-week period we provide on-the-job experience in a food logistics operation, mentoring and accredited forklift truck permit training in a Gold Standard warehouse.

A dedicated member of staff is provided to help people gain the confidence, skills, qualifications and experience they need to drastically improve their prospects of securing paid work. We also support with soft skills such as timekeeping, language, personal hygiene and team-working.

So far 48% of the individuals we have supported through the programme have moved into employment. Many required a lot of support and had either never worked before or not for a long time.

We provide:

  • Training in Manual Handling, Health and Safety and Food Hygiene
  • Forklift truck training with a theory and practical test, so people can achieve recognised qualifications in operating Counterbalance and Reach trucks
  • Brand new PPE such as a high-visibility jacket, safety boots and gloves
  • The opportunity to provide food for tens of thousands of people in need at Yorkshire’s largest food charity.

“The Employability project is a fantastic resource for people of all ages. At Royal Mencap we have referred people to gain the skills and confidence that they desperately lack to help them move forward into employment. 

Having the resource at FareShare Yorkshire that builds their skills further in an initially smaller and calmer environment is amazing. They gain the warehouse experience needed and the opportunity to gain their forklift licences gives them a massive jumpstart.

These young people have only been on the course for a short period of time, but you can already see how much the course has changed them for the good. They seem to have developed confidence and optimism.”

Rebbecca Burrell, Employment Facilitator at Royal Mencap

Next Steps

For anyone looking improve their employability, you’d need to:

1)      Attend an induction where you will receive certificates in manual handling and food hygiene

2)      Help us to understand your ambitions and any barriers to employment so we can do our utmost to help

3)      Sit down with us at the end of the programme to get your feedback

4)      Commit to attending 3 full days a week for at least 8 weeks, display good behaviour and act safely

To find out more about this opportunity please contact Mark Hague our Training Manager on: markhague@fareshareyorkshire.org

270,000 tonnes of perfectly edible food gets wasted by the food industry each year.

That’s enough for nearly 650,000,000 meals

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