Tesco Recruits 90 Workers For New Birmingham Store

Fri, 18 Dec 2009
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Tesco has given a much-needed boost to employment levels in Birmingham by hiring 90 jobless residents to work at a new supermarket store due to open next month.

The new additions to the Tesco workforce have been recruited from the Hodge Hill area of East Birmingham, with each resident successfully completing a job-matching training programme.

The programme is run by Bournville College as part of the Learning and Skills Council’s (LSC) and West Midlands Leaders Board’s (WMLB) regional European Social Fund (ESF) programme.

Councillor Neville Summerfield, Cabinet member for regeneration at Birmingham City Council, said: "This is a marvellous example of the private sector working hand in hand with the public sector."

"We are confident that more than 100 local employees will be in place when the new Tesco store opens in January 2010."

Tony Fletcher, corporate affairs manager at Tesco, said: "This is our 27th Regeneration Partnership and over the nine years we have been operating these partnerships, we have been able to help around 4,000 long-term unemployed people back to work ."

Last week it was revealed that despite unemployment in Birmingham falling by 8,000 during the last quarter, there are still some 274,000 people in the city without work, an increase of 3 per cent from 2008.

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