A young job-seeker has been rewarded for her perseverance with a trainee position at Asda’s Morley store.
Molly Whitmore, 21, had been unemployed for several months and volunteered in a charity shop while applying for work.
After completing a Movement to Work course aimed at helping young unemployed people, Molly impressed managers at Asda and was offered a permanent role.
She joined 11 other 18-24-year-olds in signing up to Asda traineeships, and several participants were handed full-time job offers.
Asda’s Morley supermarket is a partner in the Movement to Work inititaive, which provides work experience and vocational training for unemployed youngsters for eight weeks, with support from training provider Ingeus.
“I really do enjoy working in retail and so when I heard I had got a place on this scheme I was really thrilled.
“There has been such a lot to learn, but I was determined to do my best. You never know, one day I might even be a store manager!” said a delighted Molly, who lives in Whinmoor.
Morley store training manager Sue Stringer spotted Molly’s potential and supported her during her two-month stint of work experience.
“Molly brightened up our days right from the start, and my colleagues and I immediately saw she had great potential.
“Through her own hard work, the learning delivered by Ingeus and the guidance she received from us, she has proved us right.
“She is a fantastic colleague and we’re thrilled that she’ll now be part of our team.”
Molly and other trainees took part in a special ceremony to mark their success and to welcome them to the Asda team.
“I am really grateful to Ingeus for all they have done. They and Asda have been so supportive in helping me understand what retailing is all about, and my success and enthusiasm to get started is all down to them,” added Molly.
Morley is one of 14 Asda stores across the UK which is hosting the traineeship scheme, and the supermarket chain hopes to recruit 1,000 young people who have experienced barriers to employment by the end of 2016. Participants gain Level One Introduction to Employment in Retail and Skills for Employment qualifications.