6,500 long-term unemployed people find a new lease of life at Tesco

11 Nov 2014

6,500 colleagues have joined Tesco through its Regeneration Partnership Programme – these colleagues have all brought something new to how Tesco can deliver great service for customers.

6,500 colleagues have joined Tesco through its Regeneration Partnership Programme – these colleagues have all brought something new to how Tesco can deliver great service for customers.

The scheme has been running for nearly fifteen years and has created additional opportunities for the long-term unemployed in over 60 communities around the UK; it has put hard working people back into the heart of communities, something that has been recognised by local community leaders up and down the country. 

Since May 2014, Tesco have launched four additional Regeneration Partnership stores in Stourport, Linwood, Dunfermline and Rotherham, creating over 200 new opportunities for the previously long-term unemployed.

For Tesco’s latest colleague to join through the scheme, Nicola Strachan, her son Charlie always comes first; from swimming lessons to holidays, she wants to provide the best possible start in life for him. Training as a regeneration graduate was a new experience for Nicola and she commented ‘I put myself out of my comfort zone to do this. And it actually gave me a huge boost of being who I want to be again’

Hear more from Nicola here:

 

Judith Nelson, UK Personnel Director said, ‘Everyone who joins Tesco through the regeneration partnership scheme has a story to tell. More often than not, they feel like they’ll never get back to work and won’t be able to provide for their families, but this scheme gives people hope. I‘m incredibly proud that Tesco changes lives by giving people right across the UK the chance to get back on their feet and live the life they want to live. That’s what Nicola is now doing and I wish her every success in her new career.’

Notes to Editors

  • Tesco is the UK’s biggest private sector employer with more than 330,000 employees in the UK
  • The first Regeneration Partnership store opened in 2000 in Leeds, and since then a further 64 sites have been involved creating more than 6,000 jobs for people who’d previously been out of work for more than six months
  • The Regeneration Partnership works by ring-fencing a number of the available jobs in new stores, Dot Com facilities and Distribution Centres for the long term unemployed. Working with Job Centre Plus Tesco can target those areas that are traditionally the hardest to reach.
  • In October 2012, Tesco celebrated created reaching 5000 jobs, read more here http://www.tescoplc.com/index.asp?pageid=17&newsid=694

 

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