Council partnership with Tesco guarantees local jobs

By on 30/09/2009 in News

An innovative recruitment scheme being run by Tesco and Birmingham City Council, to help find staff for a new 45,000 sq foot superstore has been hailed a success after more than 500 people attended open days to register for job and training opportunities.

The store, on a site next to the Fox and Goose Shopping Centre, is due to open in 2010, will create 240 new job opportunities for local residents.  An initial 120 jobs will go to local long term unemployed residents with a further 40 earmarked for job capture and training.

In partnership with the Council Tesco has agreed to recruit a significant proportion of the jobs from the local community, in many cases offering to train staff up to the roles prior to store opening – therefore opening up the opportunities to far more people than just those with previous experience.

The store is the latest to be opened by Tesco and it is hoped that it will help to drive further regeneration activity in the area.

Birmingham City Council and Tesco along with key partners, Jobcentre Plus, Learning and Skills Council and Bournville College have been working closely to ensure maximum benefit to the local community and a boost to the economic revival of East Birmingham.

To date, the Partnership has held two very successful open days promoting the job opportunities, the response from local residents has been very encouraging, and so far over 500 have attended these open days.

Cllr Neville Summerfield, Birmingham City Council Cabinet Member for Regeneration, visited the latest Fox and Goose recruitment day this week and said: “This is second time we have worked with Tesco in this way to ensure new developments bring maximum employment benefits to the very immediate community in which they sit.

“The partnership provides a real blue print which we hope we can replicate in the future with other companies looking to invest in Birmingham, not only maximising local benefits but truly embedding the new development int he very fabric of the local community.”

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