Twenty-three former job seekers, who have been employed by Tesco to work at their new store on Wragby Road, have graduated from Lincoln College.
Sixty job seekers were invited to an information day by Lincoln Jobcentre Plus and following an assessment process Tesco selected 23 to go on a two-week retail and customer service training programme.
The programme, which was specially created for Tesco by the college’s Employability & Work Skills Team, covered topics such as health and safety, handling customer payments and food safety.
Employment and Skills Advisor Sean Knight said the college has a successful track record of working in partnership with Lincoln Jobcentre Plus to get unemployed people back into work.
“We were delighted to be invited by Tesco to develop and run the programme and even more pleased that despite initially only having 20 vacancies, the company decided to take on all 23 of the candidates,” explained Sean.
“This is one of a number of employment initiatives we’ve worked with the job centre on, having previously trained staff for the likes of Premier Inn and Dunelm Mill.
“It’s very rewarding to see people who were previously unemployed getting back on the career ladder and we would like to congratulate all of the trainees on their achievement.”
The trainees, who graduated with CIEH Food Safety in Retail Level 2 and EDI Certificate in Retail Knowledge Level 1 qualifications, were presented with their certificates during a ceremony at Lincoln College earlier today (25th April) attended by Lincoln MP Karl McCartney.
As well as completing the course the group also helped out on an allotment on Long Leys Road on behalf of Discovery House and the Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.
Amy McGarry, who has been employed as a replenisher on health and beauty, said: “It’s been a difficult few weeks and they’ve really pushed us but I’ve enjoyed every minute of it. I’ve learnt that it doesn’t matter where you’re from it’s about where you’re going.
“I’d been unemployed for six months so I’m delighted to get a foot back on the career ladder. I can’t wait to start my new job when the store opens on 15th May. Eventually I’d like to be a theatrical makeup artist and I feel like this is the first step towards achieving that.”
Partnership Project Manager for Tesco Nina Tomlinson added: “We’ve really enjoyed working with the teams at Lincoln Jobcentre Plus and Lincoln College.
“Sean and the rest of the team have shared their knowledge and expertise and helped these guys, many of whom have been out of work for a long time, regain their confidence and self-esteem.
“Tesco is committed to giving unemployed people an opportunity to get back into the workplace and I’d like to congratulate them all on their success. They’ve all shone in different ways and have individual personalities and strengths which we’re keen to bring out and develop further.”
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Twenty three former job seekers, who have been appointed to work at the new Tesco store on Wragby Road, have graduated from a two week training programme at Lincoln College