Morrisons to create jobs for the homeless
The initiative is being run in partnership with the Salvation Army and Leeds-based social enterprise Create, is said to be in a period of growth and wants to recruit new staff from all sections of the community.
The pilot for the scheme starts in Leeds and the first five people trained by the Morrisons pre-employment academy will start work in the new Morrisons store in Harehills.
The scheme offers new staff three months of training, in the classroom and on the job, leading to a Qualifications and Credit Framework Level 1 qualification. They can then go on to gain a Level 2 qualification, or take up an apprenticeship.
Those applicants will then become fully employed by Morrisons. They will also be given the opportunity to gain an QCF Level 2 in retail skills or take up an apprenticeship to learn a craft skill, for example as a baker, butcher or fishmonger.
Group human resources director Norman Pickavance said: "We look forward to taking this approach nationally and we would encourage other British businesses to join us on this initiative."
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