New posts and better services to help jobless

The overgrown Sainsbury's development site PHOTO: Tim Williams
The overgrown Sainsbury's development site PHOTO: Tim Williams
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THE TOUGH economic climate has hit Melton families hard but there’s hope on the horizon with hundreds of new jobs being created and plans to provide improved Jobcentre Plus services.

About 350 full and part-time jobs will be created at Melton’s new Sainsbury’s store though work is still yet to start at the site, off Nottingham Road.

Sainsbury’s bosses told the Melton Times this week they’re looking to start work in 2013 but weren’t able to give a more precise date.

Recruitment isn’t expected to start until about three months before the store opens though job-hunters who attended a recent Melton job fair were able to get an idea of the types of jobs that will be available.

Among other jobs advertised at the job fair included about 50 full-time slaughter/production operatives roles at the Six Hills Abattoir. Posts were advertised via the Barker Ross Group.

Up to 250 jobs are also set to be created at another new Sainsbury’s store in Oakham should the plans be approved by Rutland County Council.

It’s hoped Melton job-hunters will also benefit if plans to move all Jobcentre Plus services into Melton Council’s Parkside offices get the green light. A public consultation is running until October 15, with a final decision hoped by December.

Rutland and Melton MP Alan Duncan said: “It would allow the council and Jobcentre Plus to work closer together. Jobcentre Plus would be able take advantage of the excellent facilities at Parkside which should result in an improved service for people using them.”