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FareShare launches FareFutures – a new initiative to help get people into work

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14 January 2022

FareShare, the UK’s biggest food redistribution charity, has launched FareFutures, a new initiative which gives jobseekers the chance to gain industry-recognised qualifications and valuable work experience at FareShare food warehouses across the UK.

“In addition to gaining new qualifications, trainees will be making a real difference in their community. We provide one-to-one coaching, personal development and employment skills. Our programme will provide free personalised support for people to find, secure and sustain meaningful employment following the scheme.”

FareShare Employment Coach, Hannah Clarke

The new initiative will see FareShare work regionally and nationally to deliver projects that support people into sustained and meaningful employment. FareFutures’ projects will be tailored to meet local priorities but share the same key principles; a focus on participants’ wellbeing, supporting FareShare’s mission and building stronger partnerships.

Each FareFutures scheme will create and deliver inclusive projects which are tailored to meet local priorities. Places are free of charge, with no previous knowledge or experience required. From learning how to drive a fork-lift, to completing food hygiene courses; participants can gain new skills in food, warehousing and logistics – all while helping local charities.

FareShare Employment Coach, Hannah Clarke, said: “In addition to gaining new qualifications, trainees will be making a real difference in their community. We provide one-to-one coaching, personal development and employment skills. Our programme will provide free personalised support for people to find, secure and sustain meaningful employment following the scheme.”

In Liverpool, FareShare Merseyside piloted the FareFutures initiative their six-month New Horizons Programme – offering tailored support to jobseekers. Gabby, a recent New Horizons trainee at FareShare Merseyside, said: “My confidence has grown, and being able to talk to people has set me up for college. I love that I have got qualifications, as I have shown that I can actually learn stuff.”

In addition, FareFutures is also a recipient of the UK Government’s Kickstart Grant Scheme and has so far facilitated 95 young people aged 16-24 to take up places across 15 of its regional warehouses. The scheme is currently open until the end of March, with FareShare looking for 40 further participants.

Find out more about FareShare FareFutures and how to get involved here.