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UK food and drink giants join forces to improve graduate opportunities

Published: Monday, 08 November 2010   Category: Retail

Leading companies in the UK food and drink industry have pledged to offer more graduate vacancies for the country's university leavers.

In a letter to the Times, 24 food and grocery firms revealed that they are committed to a new initiative which will provide greater employment opportunities within the sector.

Justin King, chief executive of Sainbury's, which is one of the retailers involved in the scheme, explained that more young people need to be recruited to the industry.

"The UK food and drink industry is a world leader but needs to do more to sell itself and attract the best and brightest UK graduates and school leavers," he said.

"This new pledge, signed by more than 20 companies, demonstrates our commitment to improving skills and employment opportunities as the economy continues to recover."

Supermarket giants Tesco, Asda, Morrisons, the Co-operative Group and Waitrose are among the companies which have signed up to the initiative.

Meanwhile, education firm i-to-i recently told Easier.com that Britons are increasingly looking to head abroad in order to find graduate roles.

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