A graduation ceremony was held today (Friday, December 14) for 100 Corby people who were offered positions at the town’s new Tesco store in an innovative scheme to help the jobless.
Run by the retail giant, Corby Council, Jobcentre Plus and Tresham College, the scheme offered jobs to people in the borough who had been out of work for more than six months.
The successful candidates, chosen from 1,000 applicants, will start work at the store, off St James Industrial Estate, when it opens on January 24.
A further 250 jobs are being created at the store.
Corby is Tesco’s 50th Regeneration Partnership and since the first was launched in Leeds in 2000, more than 5,000 long-term unemployed people have been helped back into work through the scheme.
This week the Corby trainees completed their eight-week training programme with Tresham College, giving them an NVQ Level 1 qualification in customer service, and they will start on-the-job training in a nearby store until the new one opens.
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, 23, had been trying for more than a year to get a job without success, before being accepted on to the regeneration 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.”
Corby and East Northants MP Andy Sawford MP said: “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, Jobcentre Plus and Tesco working together to support local people and the local economy.
“Overall, the 350 new jobs that this new Tesco store has created is fantastic for the area and are really welcome at a time when many people are struggling to find work.”