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Corby partnership store is 50th to help long-term unemployed into work

15.12.2012

One hundred local unemployed people in Corby will soon be in permanent jobs, thanks to a scheme run by the local council, Job Centre Plus, Tresham College and the UK’s biggest retailer, Tesco.

The candidates had all been out of work for more than six months, and were chosen from 1,000 people who applied to take part in a Regeneration Partnership scheme.  They will take up roles at the new Corby Tesco Extra which opens in January.  A further 250 jobs are also being created at the new store.

Corby is Tesco’s 50th Regeneration Partnership, demonstrating the retailer’s commitment to supporting the communities it works in.  Partnership stores are opened in areas of high deprivation, with a third of the new jobs ring-fenced for local people who are long-term unemployed.  The candidates are recruited through JobCentrePlus and selected for their attitude and people skills, rather than qualifications or experience.

Since the first Tesco Regeneration Partnership store opened in Leeds in 2000, more than 5,000 long term unemployed people have been helped back into work through the scheme, many of whom are now building great careers with the retailer.

Last week the Corby trainees completed their eight week training programme offered by Tresham, giving them an NVQ Level 1 qualification in Customer Service. All recruits will now start on-the-job training in a nearby store until the Corby Extra opens on 24th January 2013.  To celebrate, a graduation event was held at the Corby Cube with Andy Sawford MP and the Mayor of Corby Cllr Mohammed Rahma.

Michael Kissman, Communities Director at Tesco, said “For more than 10 years we have been supporting the communities we work in by making sure that when we create jobs, they go to the local people who need them most. We’ve helped more than 5,000 long term unemployed people back into work, and I’m so proud that we’re opening our 50th Regeneration Partnership store next month in Corby.”

Caryn Lumsden, aged 23, had been trying for over year to get a job without success, before being accepted onto the Partnership programme.  She said “I’d applied for youth work, retail and cleaning jobs. So when I was offered this position it felt great. I’m really looking forward to my role, and hoping to get on at Tesco, maybe one day I’ll even get to bake the bread!”

Andy Sawford MP (Corby and East Northamptonshire) said: “I first want to say ‘well done’ to the 100 new staff hired through the Tesco regeneration programme.  Statistics show that the longer people are out of work, the harder it becomes to get a job. So it’s brilliant to see Corby Council, Tresham College, Job Centre Plus and Tesco working together to support local people and the local economy.  Overall, the 350 new jobs that this new Tesco Extra has created is fantastic for the area and are really welcome at a time when many people are struggling to find work.”

Stuart Wesselby, Principal at Tresham said: “It is important that colleges such as Tresham work with local employers to ensure that unemployed people have the opportunity to get back in to work and improve their self confidence and skills to build their careers.”

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