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RBG helps place residents into new jobs

Nearly 250 Royal Borough of Greenwich residents are starting new jobs in two major new stores opening in the borough after being referred through the Council’s job service.

GLLaB (Greenwich Local Labour and Business) has led recruitment for the new Sainsbury’s store in Charlton, which opened its doors last week, and is also involved in filling the majority of posts at the new Marks and Spencer at the same site, due to open next week. The Sainsbury’s store has filled all of its 135 new posts with local applicants who were referred through GLLaB – all of whom live within three miles of the new store on Gallions Road in Charlton.

Meanwhile the new Marks and Spencer store set to open 9th July, has recruited 108 of its new staff through GLLaB – again ensuring these vacancies are filled by local people. Marks and Spencer traditionally recruit online, but agreed to work with GLLaB to hire local people, including those finding it hardest to get a job.

Councillor Sizwe James, Royal Borough of Greenwich Cabinet Member for Business, Employment and Skills said “The Council is determined to work with new businesses and employers to ensure that residents have as many chances as possible to access training and job opportunities within the borough, as this is a key strand of our anti-poverty work.”