Monday, 06 July 2015

Supermarket takes on homeless workers

Supermarket giant Morrisons is to give 1,000 homeless and vulnerable people jobs in its new stores over the next three years.

The food retailer will give new employees three months training in the classroom and on the job, leading to a Qualifications and Credit Framework Level 1.

They will then become fully employed by Morrisons and given the opportunity to work for a QCF Level 2 in retail skills or take up an apprenticeship to learn a craft, such as fishmongering.

Norman Pickavance, group human resources director for Morrisons, said: ‘This initiative will help disadvantaged people to get their lives back on track. We look forward to taking this approach nationally and we would encourage other British businesses to join us on this initiative.’

The scheme is being run in partnership with social enterprise Create, which helps marginalised, vulnerable and homeless people, and the charity the Salvation Army.

The first five people, who were trained at the Morrisons’ pre-employment academy, started their first day at the retailers’ store in Harehills, Leeds yesterday. Ten per cent of new jobs at Morrisons’ new stores will go to homeless and vulnerable people over the next three years.

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