Keelings helping to ‘feed Ireland’s future’
KEELINGS, Ireland’s largest supplier and producer of fresh fruit was delighted to participate in this year’s ‘Feeding Ireland’s Future’ initiative.
The programme supported by ‘Efficient Consumer Response Ireland’ is aimed towards young unemployed people to help with interview tips, CV writing and business skills.
This year’s participants had the opportunity to experience a ‘Day in the life’ at Keelings.
The day included, a manual handling training session, a tour of the pack house, and a certificate presentation at the end of the day hosted by David Keeling.
David Keeling, CEO of Keelings Retail said: ‘We are delighted to welcome fifteen young people to Keelings Farm today.
‘ This is Keelings fourth year taking part in the scheme which offers young people first hand on-site experience.
‘It was our pleasure to meet the participants of 2017 ‘Feeding Ireland’s Future’ and hope they enjoyed a valuable day with us at Keelings.’
Sylvia Caldwell Learning & Development Manager said: ‘Feeding Ireland’s Future encourages youngsters to spend a full day of training with companies nationwide.
‘Keelings tagline is ‘ Love To Grow’ and by taking part in this initiative, we are helping young people grow their personal development and working skills.’
Carl Kelly who took part in this year’s ‘Feeding Ireland’s Future’ at Keelings said: ‘I recently took part in ‘Feeding Ireland’s Future’ initiative, the staff were really helpful and it inspired me to apply for a job with the company.
‘Luckily I have just secured a job with Keelings and I am really looking forward to it.
‘Feeding Ireland’s future has given me a great opportunity with Keelings, now it’s up to me to make it successful.’
Keelings is a 100% Irish-owned family business, focused on growing, sourcing and distributing fresh produce and supplying first in class produce.
Its head office is located in FoodCentral, St. Margaret’s, Co. Dublin.
Keelings started producing fruits and salads in the 1930’s supplying produce to local Dublin markets. T
he company currently employs approximately 2,000 people across five business units.
Feeding Ireland’s Future (FIF) is an initiative whereby retailers, suppliers and service providers to the Irish food and grocery sector give free pre-employment skills to young unemployed people.
This is the fourth year of FIF and 4,000 young unemployed people have been offered skills sessions hosted by 47 companies over that period.
This initiative is promoted by ECR Ireland and is conducted in association with the Intreo service and the Youthreach service.
David Keeling, CEO of Keelings Retail.