Tesco's Partnership to bring local jobs

Tesco's Partnership to bring local jobsThe partners behind the redevelopment of Lancashire County Cricket Club have confirmed that at least half of the 526 new jobs created at the store and the club would go to the local unemployed.

Most of the 284 jobs for out-of-work locals would be at the foodstore, which is a key part of a planning submission to Trafford Council later this month.

Tesco plans for the store, with a retail sales space of 100,194 sq ft, to be one of its Regeneration Partnership stores, which have been a huge success across the UK. The 25 regeneration partnership stores opened across the UK since 2000 have created almost 8,700 jobs with 3,300 of those jobs going to the long-term unemployed.”

Stretford Job Centre Plus will partner with Tesco to identify job applicants, as have local job centres at Tesco Regeneration Partnership stores in Cheetham Hill, Gorton, Failsworth and Oldham. Tesco will work with the Council and local training providers and voluntary sector organisations to widen the search for applicants to hard-to-reach groups.


Deborah Hayeems, Tesco Corporate Affairs Manager, says, “The Tesco Regeneration Partnerships match up the needs of deprived communities with our development programme to provide value and quality for customers and create jobs and services for the community.

“Our partnerships can significantly improve the overall economic wealth of these areas. In providing people with jobs they have more money to spend in the wider local area.“


At the core of the programme is the unique Tesco Job Guarantee, targeted at the local long-term unemployed (over 6 months). Potential recruits are given a job guarantee before they attend a six weeks or more training course preparing them for working in store. As long as they complete this course a job with Tesco is guaranteed. Where appropriate, a basic skills assessment identifies the training they need to bring candidates up to nationally accredited standards in reading, writing, numeracy and fluency in English.

Jim Cumbes, the club’s Chief Executive said, “The partners have carried out detailed consultation with local people to ensure the proposals secure the maximum regeneration benefits for the Borough, as well as securing the future of international cricket here.


“At a tough time for the economy, local jobs would be a great result for our local communities. The Jobs Guarantee for the long-term unemployed sounds like a great result for people who have been out of work for a long spell, especially jobs for youngsters, who have been hard hit by the downturn.”

Date:  Friday 9th October, 2009