Over 1000 jobs are going to be created with the new DHL/Morrisons distribution centre being built in Bridgwater, with vacancies in warehousing, driving, administration and catering say Bridgwater College.
The College is providing funded training to people who want to work at the distribution centre, with part of the programme supporting candidates with their online application.
The training has been aimed primarily at people not currently in work, and the first group of candidates are coming to the end of the programme this week.
“Everything seems to have gone smoothly”, says Steve Curtis, forklift trainer for Bridgwater College. “The first group have been quick learners and I think they’re finding it useful. After this initial training, we hope to see them back again, as it will mean they’ve got jobs with DHL/Morrisons.”
The six and a half day programme has been approved by DHL/Morrisons and designed specifically for the jobs on offer. Staff at Bridgwater College have been supporting candidates with interview skills, literacy and numeracy skills, health and safety training and also simulated work in a warehouse environment, including using pallet trucks and forklifts.
“It’s been a very easy process to get on this training”, said Ian King, a candidate from Bridgwater in the first training group, “And it’s been really good. It’s good to get knowledge and gain qualifications that will help you find a job. The fact that we’re guaranteed an interview is excellent. The more qualifications, the more employable you are.”
All candidates successfully completing the training programme have been guaranteed a place at the DHL/Morrisons recruitment days for an interview.