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New recruits eager to start work at Stourbridge's new Tesco superstore
8:00am Monday 7th October 2013 in News
PREVIOUSLY unemployed people beamed with pride as they graduated from Tesco’s training programme at Stourbridge Town Hall on Friday (October 4).
The 98 borough residents, who had been jobless for at least six months, are now fully equipped with the skills they need to start work at the Stourbridge superstore when it opens on October 31.
The supermarket worked alongside Job Centre Plus and Dudley Council's adult learning team to create jobs for those who wanted to work in retail but were struggling to find employment.
Following a recruitment day, applicants were whittled down to a lucky 98, who were then put on a training course, which included work experience at Tesco’s Cradley Heath store.
Their achievement was recognised at a graduation ceremony at the town hall, where they were presented with a certificate from the Mayor of Dudley, councillor Alan Finch.
At the ceremony, Alex Wynn, from Brierley Hill, told his fellow new recruits how grateful he was to have been given a chance.
Mr Wynn said felt “depressed and disillusioned with life” when he was out of work and when he saw the store was recruiting, he immediately put himself forward.
But when he got to the recruitment day, he began to doubt he could make the final cut: “I felt scared as there were so many people, I thought I had no chance.”
But Mr Wynn made it through the interview process and was ecstatic when he was told he had made it onto the training scheme.
He added: “I’d like to thank Tesco for the opportunity and believing in me.”
Peter Croxford, a 57-year-old former car salesman from Stourbridge, told a packed town hall that when he was made redundant last year, he thought he would never work again.
He said: “One morning, my wife saw an article in the local paper that Tesco was coming to town. I rang the contact number and spoke to a kind lady who managed to get me an interview.”
Mr Croxford glided through the recruitment process and will now be swapping cars for cod as he gets ready to take up his new position as a fishmonger.
Store manager, Sadie Griffiths, closed the ceremony and told the new recruits she was “very proud” of them.
She added: “This is the moment I have been waiting for. That pride you are feeling right now, I hope it stays with you throughout your time at Tesco and throughout your whole lives.”
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