Ashfield District Council assists new Co-operative to recruit local people

November 19, 2013 4:20 pm

Coop Food

Ashfield District Council and Jobcentre Plus have been working in partnership to assist the Midlands Co-operative Society with the recruitment of 17 staff members for its new store.  The former Old Thack Pub in Kirkby-in-Ashfield has been converted into the brand new store which is set to open on Wednesday 20th November.

The Council provided rooms for a presentation and assisted with pre-selection interviews in October with the 45 potential candidates. Of these, 30 people were selected to take part in a sector based work academy organised by Jobcentre Plus.  This gave them the opportunity to undertake one week’s customer service training with a local training provider, Adaptive Training Solutions.

The training, held at the Summit Centre, provided the candidates with an opportunity to improve on interview techniques, literacy and numeracy skills.  At the end of the week everybody that attended the training was guaranteed an interview with the Midlands Co-operative Society.

Of the 29 that attended the training session, 17 people have been successful and have started work for the new Co-operative store in Kirkby-in-Ashfield. Two people have been offered a job at the Huthwaite store, nine have been shortlisted to go forward for interview for the new store opening in Annesley in the near future and one person was successful in obtaining a job in the care sector.

Councillor Chris Baron, Leader of the Council, said: “I am delighted for the Council to be involved in projects such as this and encourage working in partnership with employers to assist local people in obtaining local jobs.”


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