ASDA management has praised the calibre of applicants which have flooded in for their new Forfar store, with more than 2,400 online applications received for the 230 posts.
The new store, opening on New Road on November 7, will provide a massive boost to the area with 100% of the jobs available to local people.
However, whilst the 230 jobs are a massive boost for the local economy, it has emerged that the job total is some 40 fewer than originally promised by the supermarket giant.
In all the pre-publicity leading up to the store coming to the Forfar, they promised they would create “up to 270 full and part time jobs” in the area.
However, when questioned last week about the slightly reduced number, a spokesman explained: “The 230 jobs are across a variety of positions in the new store, and do not include our 11 managers that have already filled a number of other positions. The figure of 270 is based on anticipated sales growth at the new store and in fact could well exceed that number with the addition of temporary colleague roles in the run-up to Christmas.”
The company has set up a dedicated recruitment centre in St James Road to deal with around 300 applicants who have made it through to group selection sessions.
They are being interviewed individually with 40 candidates to date being offered jobs; further interviews will take place over the coming weeks.
General store manager Robert Hallyburton, said: “At Asda we always believe in recruiting our colleagues for attitude and training them for skill, but in this case the calibre of candidates has been exceptionally high all round.
“It will make the job of recruiting hard working colleagues who can deliver great customer service with a smile on their faces that much easier and I am confident we will readily fill every role that’s on offer”.
Asda stores typically offer City & Guilds apprenticeships to new recruits between the ages of 16 and 24, but the new Asda Forfar is one of five trialling a system where all colleagues who successfully complete their 12 weeks’ training will be offered an apprenticeship with the Guilds qualification. A Level 2 Apprenticeship is equivalent to five GCSEs and a Level 3 is equivalent to A Levels.
This initiative, led by Asda CEO Andy Clarke, will therefore help not only with providing skills for young people but with their personal development and confidence too.