UK grocer Morrisons has today announced plans to create 1,000 jobs for homeless and vulnerable people over the next three years.
The supermarket aims to offer ten per cent of its forthcoming vacancies at its new stores to vulnerable people and start them on QCF Level 1 courses whilst also providing on-the-job training.
After three months successful applicants will be given further training to QCF Level 2 and offered the chance to train in a specific role such as baker, butcher or fishmonger.
Norman Pickavance, Group HR Director for Morrisons, said: “We have a strong record of providing great careers for people through training and opportunities helping people to progress from the shop floor to the top floor of our business.
“This initiative will help give disadvantaged people the chance 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 first five apprentices in the scheme started work at the Morrisons store in Harehills, Leeds this morning following training at the grocer’s new pre-employment academy.
Morrisons operates the biggest and longest-running apprenticeship scheme of all UK supermarkets and is on course to train 100,000 current employees to QCF Level 2 by 2011.
Morrisons has received support for its scheme and its ability to ease unemployment by the UK government.
Baroness Warsi, Government Minister without Portfolio, said: “This is a great example of businesses working with the community to create jobs and drive growth at a time of economic uncertainty.
“Initiatives like this will make a real difference to people’s lives, providing them and the country with the skills they need to promote growth.”