Reaching out to young jobless

Pepsico Copella, Brick Kiln Road, Boxford.         Manager Crea Levin at the Boxford Pepsico Copella factory with her team.                           FL; Dan Westow, Crea Levin, John Hambling, Rebecca MaClean, Martin Hisky and Emma Lee. ANL-140916-205833009
Pepsico Copella, Brick Kiln Road, Boxford. Manager Crea Levin at the Boxford Pepsico Copella factory with her team. FL; Dan Westow, Crea Levin, John Hambling, Rebecca MaClean, Martin Hisky and Emma Lee. ANL-140916-205833009
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A soft drinks factory is throwing open its factory doors on Wednesday as part of a national youth unemployment initiative.

PepsiCo Copella, based on Brick Kiln Hill in Boxford, produces leading brands of apple and orange juice.

Site manager Crea Lavin says she is passionate about encouraging young people into science, technology, engineering and manufacturing industries – so-called Stem careers.

“For young people in our area who are struggling to find employment, this scheme offers a chance to see inside local businesses.

“We did it last year where we worked with Jobcentre Plus to identify local young people who might be interested in a career in manufacturing and we got very good feedback, both from the participants and also from the team here on site who got a lot out of it.

“We have between a dozen and 15 young people coming and we hope we can give them an insight into what we do and what it’s like.”

She added: “The food and drink industry is very exciting and an interesting place to work. I am particularly keen to encourage more girls to take up science and engineering as a career.”

The open day is part of a national project aimed at giving 15,000 unemployed people free training opportunities throughout the UK. PepsiCo is one of over 200 companies taking part.

The factory, which employs 100 people, was founded in the 1960s and became part of PepsiCo in 1999.