SUPERMARKET chain Asda will create 7,000 jobs this year, which will include building a store in Chelmsley Wood, Solihull.
More than half the vacancies will be at 14 new stores and through the planned expansion of 15 existing sites.
Asda chief executive Andy Bond said: “This year we will create 7,000 new jobs at a time when many companies are having to lay people off.
“We will also be helping 3,000 long-term unemployed get back into work by specifically targeting them for existing vacancies in our business.”
Many of the new workers will come through a partnership between Asda and Remploy, which helps disabled people find work.
The move was welcomed by Secretary of State for Work and Pensions James Purnell.
“Local Employment Partnerships such as Asda have been a real success. We’re on target to get 250,000 long-term unemployed people back into work through the scheme and thanks to the extra money we got in the pre-Budget report last November we are also opening it up to people who have just lost their jobs.”
Remploy was set up by the Government in 1945 to help disabled ex-servicemen back into work.