A NEW store is to be opened by supermarket giant Asda in Chelmsley Wood this summer, creating 400 jobs.
There will be a mix of full-time and part-time jobs at the town centre superstore and Jobcentre Plus is helping to fill the vacancies through a Local Employment Partnership.
Asda says it is especially keen to employ those who may be finding it difficult to return to work, such as lone parents and long-term unemployed.
Dawn Ralph, from Jobcentre Plus, said: “We welcome Asda’s commitment to recruit people from the local area, particularly those who may have been at a disadvantage in the jobs market.
“Previous experience working in retail is not required as Asda will provide comprehensive training.”
The store is due to open in June. Manager Tracey McElroy said: “Our new store is part of a major regeneration of Chelmsley Wood town centre.
“We really want to give local people the opportunity to work here, which is why we are working with Jobcentre Plus to fill the vacancies.”
Long-serving councillor Alf Hill (Lab, Chelmsley Wood) said the opening of the new Asda, bringing with it hundreds of jobs, was “great news, just what we needed.”