Keel­ings help­ing to ‘feed Ire­land’s fu­ture’

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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.

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