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14 December 2011, 12:21 | Updated: 30 March 2016, 13:50
Yorkshire supermarket giant Morrisons has announced it will create more than 7,000 new jobs in 2012.
The Bradford based firm says it will be opening 25 new stores next year as it continues its store expansion programme as well as developing its manufacturing and logistics arms.
We're told many of the new opportunities will be 'craft skills jobs' like butchery, bakery and fishmongery.
Typically more than half the new employees at a new store are previously unemployed and 75% are typically from the local area of the storeThere will also be another 300 people employed at Morrisons’ new Bridgwater Regional Distribution Centre, which will provide food for much of the South West and South Wales.
Norman Pickavance, Group HR Director at Morrisons said:
"Despite the difficult economic conditions, Morrisons continues to have ambitious growth plans and that means we will be searching for people to join us in the communities in which we operate.
"At a time when the number of young and long-term unemployed continues to increase we will provide opportunities for many people and help them build a career in retailing. That means we won’t just be providing a job we’re committed to training our new colleagues so that they have the capability to move from the shop floor to the top floor.
"We feel that the catalyst we are providing is key to moving people from being excluded to being included by providing people with work, dignity and opportunity."