SUPERMARKET group Morrisons has pledged to create 1,000 jobs for homeless people over the next three years.
The Bradford-based group, which is the UK’s fourth largest food retailer, aims to offer 10 per cent of the jobs it creates at its new stores to “vulnerable” people like Recycling Lives Residents.
Recycling Lives offers disadvantaged members of society the opportunity to change their lives for the better; through accommodation, education, training and work experience.
A unique and innovative commercial recycler and social welfare charity, Recycling Lives now hopes to work closely with Morrisons to provide jobs for Recycling Lives Residents who are ready for full time employment and independent living.
Morrisons has launched its newest pledge in partnership with the Salvation Army and Leeds-based social enterprise Create.
After three months training, new staff can take up apprenticeships, including as a butcher, baker or fishmonger.
The first five people trained under the scheme started their first day at work in the new Morrisons store in Harehills, one of the most deprived areas of Leeds, on Monday.
A Morrisons spokesman said the group was in a period of growth and wanted to recruit new staff from all sections of the community.
Norman Pickavance, group HR director for Morrisons, said: “This initiative will help disadvantaged people to get their lives back on track.
“We look forward to taking this approach nationally and we would encourage other British businesses to join us on this initiative.”
Recycling Lives Chairman and Founder Steven Jackson said: “This is great news for members of society facing an uncertain future, as it gives them an opportunity to change their lives for better for themselves. Recycling Lives is already providing accommodation, education, training, work experience and most importantly jobs to vulnerable people but the Environmental Sector is not always everybody’s chosen profession. I hope we have the opportunity to work with Morrisons to provide a new lease of life to those people who simply need a helping hand.”