50 jobs up for grabs

A TOTAL of 50 unemployed East Renfrewshire residents are guaranteed a chance to earn a job at Giffnock’s new Whole Foods market.

The council’s Worker employability service teamed up with Jobcentre Plus to secure 50 ring fenced first stage interviews for unemployed local people.

The ethically minded supermarket is set to open its doors in November. In the 22,500 square foot store, there will be nine departments featuring job opportunities for a number of different roles.

The interviews will begin on September 5.

Vincent Waters, chairman of the East Renfrewshire chamber of commerce, believes the offering is “more than just a gesture to the local community”.

He told The Extra: “East Renfrewshire has had a very tough time with unemployment recently .

“Once Whole Foods secured the premises in Giffnock, they don’t have to do anything to help the community.

“An employer could never guarantee jobs, but to guarantee interviews shows they have the community in mind.

“For many unemployed people, just getting to the interview stage is a huge step in the learning process that will help them tremendously as they continue their job search”.

A spokesman for Whole Foods Market said: ”We are happy to be working with the council and Jobcentre Plus during our recruitment drive for Giffnock.

“It is vital that we find the best possible candidates in the community and that includes people who may be currently out of work”,

To be eligible, candidates must be registered unemployed and attend a two day pre-employment training course, which will take place from August 29.

Successful candidates will be fast tracked to the second stage interviews at the Wholefoods’ jobfair.

For more information, contact 577 8438.

The Worker programme has been shortlisted for the best public/public partnership working group at the Association for public service excellence national awards.

ERC’s transport service team has also been shortlisted as best transport and fleet service.