'Grow and Sell'
Waitrose's work with schools has continued to go from strength to strength. Through our 'Grow and Sell' scheme, stores distributed almost 3,000 seed kits to local schools in 2016. This has helped children learn about where food comes from, the impact of the seasons and the fragility of growing produce. The scheme has also given them the opportunity to develop their entrepreneurial skills by selling their produce outside our shops or at their school fête.
'Work ready' with Business in the Community
Through Business in the Community's Work Ready programme we provide work placements for people who would otherwise struggle to find employment - whether that's as a result of homelessness, lack of training and qualifications or substance abuse. This year, we offered 34 placements and participated in the Unspent Criminal Convictions pilot - providing a placement for two ex-offenders who are now in discussions with us about ongoing employment opportunities.