Tesco announces 5,000 jobs for roles including customer assistants, warehouse operators and drivers

The supermarket giant has 5,000 places for roles including customer assistants, warehouse operatives, drivers and brand managers.

The company, the largest private sector employer in the UK, offers a range of perks, including the chance for staff to boost their skills with apprenticeship qualifications.

Over the last five years, more than 8,000 Tesco workers have taken apprenticeships, boosting their CV and employability skills.

Places on offer include finance, commercial, project management, F&F clothing and a level two Large Goods Vehicle driver apprenticeship, allowing pickers and packers in distribution centres to retrain as LGV drivers.

Emma Taylor, people director for the retailer, said: “We’re always looking for people who are passionate about delivering the best customer service and enjoy working as part of a team that really goes the extra mile.

Tesco is built on the hard work and skill of our colleagues and we recognise that we have a clear responsibility to provide them with opportunities to ‘get on’ and fulfil their ambitions.

“One way of doing this is offering apprenticeships. No matter where you’re based we offer colleagues a place to get on, develop their skills and enjoy their role.”

Interested? To apply, you can visit tesco-careers.com/search-and-apply/.


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Claire’s driving on at 47

CLAIRE TRIBBECK had worked at Tesco for 17 years before starting her current apprenticeship with the company to train as an LGV driver.

Claire, 47, from Southampton, said: “A few years ago, the idea of doing an apprenticeship would not have crossed my mind. When you get to my age, you think the opportunity to go back into education has gone.

“Then I found out about the scheme with Tesco.

“But my apprenticeship lets me keep my current job as picker and packer a and retrain at the same time. Imagine the reaction from my family if I had said I was going to quit work to go to college. Now I don’t have to worry, I can do both.

“It’s opened up a new career for me. I’ll be doing something I enjoy. You go out and see places and its nice knowing you delivered something that will go in the shops for people to buy.

“I feel much more confident. The qualification I’m working towards is recognised nation-wide, inside and outside Tesco.

“There are so many people in Tesco who have it in them to do an apprenticeship. I’d say, whatever your age, go for it.”


SMYTHS Toys is taking on up to 15 festive staff in each of its UK stores – and the job roles may become permanent next year.

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Many losing out

THREE in five staff at small firms have suffered financial difficulties as a result of paying for work expenses out of their own pocket.

Some 43 per cent are forced to use their own bank card, with fuel and parking the biggest costs on the tab.

On average, employees are owed between £50 and £200 per month with 11 per cent never claiming it all back.

Thore Vestergaard, of Fleetcor which conducted the study, said: “This is unnecessarily souring the relationship between employee and employer.”

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MOST young people are more clued up on “green economy” than older folk.

A study of 1,000 18 to 24-year-olds shows 67 per cent want to help tackle climate change, while half hope to work in an ethical and growing sector.

Official forecasts predict up to 2million “green collar” jobs could be created by 2030, with the low-carbon sector estimated to grow four times faster than the rest of the economy.

CBI Infrastructure Director Tom Thackray said: “Green growth presents a massive opportunity for business so it’s encouraging that the majority of young people want to pursue green collar jobs.

“A career tackling climate change, one of the biggest challenges the world faces, is extremely rewarding both personally and professionally.”

Overtime equals underpaid

ARE you working for free until Christmas? A study from credit score firm TotallyMoney reveals 59 per cent of overtime workers don’t get compensated for the extra hours they put in.

This equates to not being paid from now until the start of January, 2019.

The average employee puts in 10.1 hours overtime per week, totalling 469 hours of unpaid work per year.

You can find out the pay you could be missing out on at totallymoney.com/overtime-worth.


SINCE the credit crunch ten years ago, three in five newly self-employed people are female. Emma Jones, founder of the annual Festival of Female Entrepreneurs, has five top tips for women aiming to start their own businesses.
1 – Come up with an idea: It could be your hobby or passion, or maybe you have spotted a gap in the market.
2 – Have a plan: Include basic points that spell I’M OFF: I is for your Idea, M for the Market you’re going to serve, O is for the Operations or “kit” you’ll need, F is for Finance and the final F for Friends – vital for your support network.
3 – Make a sale: Selling to friends and family and getting their feedback can help with the design of a basic website to start selling online.
4 – Get social: Platforms like Facebook, Instagram and Amazon Marketplace connect you with customers – at home and overseas.
5 – Find support: Starting a business is much easier if you surround yourself with a group of people who are experts in the topics you’re not.
Find them at networking events – many other business owners are happy to help, at no charge. And go for growth.

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