Supporting a cohort last summer and another who started in the Autumn, the Co-op have pledged a total of £492,000 from its Apprenticeship Levy to support 41 apprentice firefighters at Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service on two-year programmes. Co-op Group CEO, Steve Murrells, said: “As a champion of social mobility, we know how apprenticeships form a vital part of the lives of thousands of people as they start their careers – and vital for the UK economy. It’s great to see our levy being used to help frontline Fire and Rescue services.”
Convenience retailer, the Co-op, has announced plans to create 5,000 store-based roles in a bid to provide temporary employment for hospitality workers who have lost their jobs and to increase support for local communities, amid the ongoing Coronavirus outbreak. Recruitment procedures have been simplified so that candidates can apply for positions by walking into their nearest Co-op with a view to starting work in a matter of days. Permanent and temporary roles are available up and down the country across the Co-op’s 2,600-strong store estate.