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Thursday 25th June 2015

Aldi’s 100th store in its south west region is located in Mumby Road and was officially opened on 25th June by the Mayor of Gosport Councillor Keith Farr.  For more details on the store see the Aldi website.

Its construction also marked another milestone for Gosport, with it being the first completed development scheme in the town that had an Employment and Training Plan as part of its planning agreement with the council.

Gosport Borough Council uses these plans to ensure that major developments support employment growth, raise skills and enable local people to compete for the jobs generated.

Its Economic Prosperity, Tourism and Culture Team works in partnership with developers and occcupiers to implement the plans that maximise the benefits, both to them and the local economy.  To enable them to access bespoke assistance with acheiving the required outputs, facilitated introductions are made to employment support and training organisations that are based or operate in Gosport and Jobcentre Plus.

In completing its Employment and Training Plan, Aldi worked in partnership with Jobcentre Plus that delivered a bespoke retail pre-employment training scheme for unemployed residents, with guaranteed job interviews for all those that completed it.  24 were interviewed and three recruited as a direct result.

It also exhibited at Gosport Business & Employment Fair 2015 in January that is staged by the council, promoting the prospective new jobs to the 812 residents that attended.  50 were subsequently interviewed and five recruited as a direct result.  Aldi have also committed to exhibiting at the Fair in 2016.

As part of the plan Aldi will also be working with Education Business Partnership South to help promote retail careers and apprenticeships to local school children.

These activities that helped Aldi to recruit and raise their profile as an employer in Gosport also form part of Gosport’s Employer Offer.  This offer highlights the locally available advice, support and financial incentives to help businesses recruit, employ and train people. Therefore it can also help businesses to reduce costs and grow, plus deliver corporate social responsibility activities.

It has has been developed by Gosport Borough Council in partnership with the Gosport Learning Arm– an informal network of employment support and training providers, either based or operating in Gosport, and Jobcentre Plus.