One of 2 Sisters’ pizza factories created 100 jobs after securing new business supplying own-label chilled pizza to major retailers.
The new staff will be recruited to work at The Pizza Factory in Nottingham by the end of October. The food group, who have a factory in Grimsby, is working with Nottingham Jobcentre Plus and the Grimsby Institute Group to target and train local unemployed young people between the ages of 18-25 and prepare them for work in the food industry.
Andrew Pidluznyj, Senior Employer and Partnerships Manager at Jobcentre Plus in Nottingham, said:
“The aim is to help young people out of work. We’re training the unemployed to give them an idea of what it’s like to work in the food sector. If they complete the training, they are guaranteed a job interview.”
Jobcentre Plus held two selection days at Nottingham Forest Football Club where more than 200 people attended and 100 staff were selected. The Grimsby Institute was involved in the initial selection days holding numeracy, literacy and understanding instruction tests. Nottingham Forest Football Club donated its facilities free of charge.
The pre-employment training courses will include Level 2 Food Hygiene, Health and Safety, Environment and Quality Management and will be delivered by the Institute, for up to 25 candidates per week, throughout this month.
2 Sisters was involved with the training to ensure that it met their requirements.
Andrew Hanson, Head of Communications at 2 Sisters Food Group, said: “The scheme is a result of us working with the Grimsby Institute for the last five years and we continue to work with them on the training needs in many parts of our business.”
Andrew Pidluznyj continued:
“I’m hopeful that the vast majority of people will be successful. If they are not offered jobs with The Pizza Factory, we will look at the reasons why.
Natalie Webster, HR manager for The Pizza Factory, added:
“This is good news for The Pizza Factory and 2 Sisters and shows how our focus on working with our customers to grow the business is starting to pay off.”
Growth in chilled pizza sales was highlighted in Mintel’s most recent research on the UK pizza market. This indicated that chilled pizza products accounted for 58% of New Product Development in 2010, compared with 41% for frozen. The market share of chilled pizza was predicted to marginally overtake frozen in 2011, with sales of £415m and £410m respectively.
Growth in pizza sales overall is being driven by the expansion of own-label products, increased promotional activity and the position of pizza as a relatively low-priced family friendly food, according to Mintel’s senior food analyst, Alex Beckett.
“Chilled pizza has experienced better fortunes in recent years than frozen, thanks to the wider variety of price points and quality tiers now offered by supermarket own-labels.”
Charlotte Sanders, Sales & Marketing Manager for Nottingham Forest Football Club, said:
“When we were originally contacted by the Grimsby Institute and heard the story and the cause behind their request we immediately wanted to pledge our support.
“Nottingham Forest, in partnership with Elior – the contract caterers – do some great work with charities and donate as much space as we can to help amazing things happen within the city. This was definitely one of them and we are proud to have been involved.
“The news that 85 unemployed Nottingham citizens have now gained full-time employment is fantastic. The wish is that other venues, no matter how large or small, donate space just as we have done as it really does make a difference. I would like to wish everyone now employed with the Pizza Factory lots of success for the future and I hope I get the opportunity to work with you all again in the future.”