A graduation ceremony for workers at Corby’s new Tesco store who were recruited under an innovative scheme to help the long-term unemployed is being held next month.
The retail giant joined forces with Tresham College and Corby Council to offer work to people in the area who had been jobless for six months or more.
The multi-million pound store at the St James Industrial estate, off Oakley Road, is to open on Thursday, January 24, next year and will employ around 300 people.
A third of the positions were allocated to jobseekers in the borough. A spokesman for Tesco said: “We have now recruited the pre–employment colleagues and open recruitment will go online in the next couple of weeks.
“Jobs will be advertised through the local JobCentre Plus and we will be holding a graduation ceremony for our colleagues who were recruited through the pre-employment partnership on December 14.”
The store has been built by Scottish firm Barr Construction and it is one of the largest environmental format stores in the UK. The building has a timber frame, sustainable cladding, natural ventilation, energy efficient lighting, rainwater harvesting and a combined heating and power system.
Corby councillor Ray Lilley, who has taken residents on tours of the new store, said: “Everyone who has seen it has been impressed. It is one of the most ecologically advanced stores in Europe and it will be a great boost to Corby.”
The store will include a cafe, hot food counter, petrol station, in-house bakery and a non-food retail space. A planning application has also been submitted to Corby Council for a click and collect pod in the store car park, allowing customers to shop online and collect their order without going into the store.