Tesco announces jobs partnership for long term unemployed in West Bromwich

5 Feb 2013

Tesco has announced the start of recruitment for its West Bromwich store through its ‘regeneration partnership’ jobs initiative, which will help long term unemployed people back into work.

Tesco today announced the start of recruitment for its West Bromwich store through its ‘regeneration partnership’ jobs initiative, which will help long term unemployed people back into work.

The partnership for the new Tesco Extra store within the New Square development has been launched in conjunction with Sandwell Council and Job Centre Plus. The partnership’s aim is to award a third of the jobs created within the Tesco store specifically for local people who have been out of work for six months or more.

The team from the Council and Job Centre Plus have been working closely with long term unemployed members of the public to support them through the registration process, ensuring that these positions are filled by people who really need them.

Tesco’s jobs initiative officially launched with the opening of a dedicated phone line, where eligible members of the public can register their interest for jobs within the store under the regeneration partnership.

Jonathan Simpson, Tesco Corporate Affairs Manager, said: "The Tesco store provides an opportunity to improve job prospects and training to local people. We have selected this store as part of our regeneration partnership initiative that involves working on the ground with local channels to increase opportunities for people who have struggled to secure employment previously.

"Successful applicants will undertake an eight week training scheme that offers useful skills including health and safety, customer service and additional training for store or similar use. This follows an assessment and standard interview process that candidates go through to secure a position."

This regeneration partnership is the 51st of its kind since Tesco launched the programme in 2000, with 5,500 people already helped back into work by the retailer since the partnership programme began.

The remaining positions within the Extra store will be advertised later in the year on www.tesco.com

The first phase of the New Square development will open in June 2013 with the Tesco store, Odeon Cinema, Next, Bank and the restaurant units due to open. The remaining retailers will open later in the year.  The New Square development will be a huge boost for the West Midlands, creating 2000 jobs.

Watch a short film about our Regeneration Partnership store in Widnes, Liverpool.

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Notes to Editors:

Tesco is the UK’s biggest private sector employer with more than 300,00 employees in the UK, 76,000 of whom are under 25.

The first Regeneration Partnership store opened in 2000 in Leeds, and since then a further 49 stores have opened creating more than 5,500 jobs for people who’d previously been out of work for more than six months.

In each Regeneration Partnership store, a third of the jobs are ring-fenced for local people who are long term unemployed. Candidates are selected for their attitude and people skills rather than experience, and given the training they need to get back into work, including an NVQ Level 1 qualification.

A Regeneration Partnership programme is currently running for the new store in Gateshead and further programmes are due to start this year in Sunderland and Rugeley.

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01992 644645

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