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Tottenham Hotspur and Sainsbury’s creating jobs for local people

Posted on 5 September 2013  - 13:20

Tottenham Hotspur Football Club has created a new employment partnership model to deliver jobs for local people

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•    Partnership carrying out a programme of intervention and support to ensure that jobs emerging from the Northumberland Development Project go to local people
•    First 250 local jobs have been created at the new Sainsbury’s, part of the NDP – due to open in November
•    Sainsbury’s, Haringey Council and Job Centre Plus among a host of national and local bodies working alongside the Club

Tottenham Hotspur Football Club has today officially launched a unique employment partnership model to ensure that the jobs being created in the local area are being filled by local people.

Working with Haringey Council, Job Centre Plus and Sainsbury’s, the Club has created an employment partnership to carry out a programme of intervention and support to put local people in the best possible position to get access to the jobs and training, which are starting to emerge from the Club’s stadium scheme, the first step in the regeneration of Tottenham.

The first phase of jobs, which will be at the new Sainsbury’s store, located in the Northumberland Development Project have already been filled by people who live within a three-mile radius of the new store, with more jobs being made available in the coming weeks prior to its opening in November.

As we move towards the opening of the new superstore in Tottenham later this year, more jobs will be made available and the partnership will continue to work with local people to support them into those positions.

Daniel Levy, Chairman of Tottenham Hotspur Football Club said: “We are determined to see the jobs created by the Northumberland Development Project go to local people.

“The Club already does a great deal to try and ensure that people in our communities can gain skills and employment through things such as our apprenticeship programmes and we shall ensure that all the new opportunities are not missed by local people and that the regeneration really does deliver employment and socio-economic benefits to our local community.”

The partnership was formed in July and has already delivered a number of events and activities, including having provided employment support and advice to over 500 Tottenham residents interested in the roles at the new Sainsburys superstore, and a series of jobs fairs and community fun days which were attended by several hundred people from across the local community.

Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Iain Duncan Smith MP, said: "I'm proud to be involved with this exciting project, which has really rejuvenated the area, bringing scores of new job opportunities and hope for local people in this part of north London.

"Creating new local jobs in Tottenham is a great way of bringing back a renewed sense of optimism and community in the area. It means that people who want to do the right thing and move back into work will have the opportunity to do so and not only support their local community but support themselves and their families. The benefits of this cannot be underestimated."

Rt Hon David Lammy MP, MP for Tottenham said: “The regeneration of Tottenham represents a major opportunity for the community and this partnership is a demonstration of how, by working together, we can ensure that local people are in the best possible position to access much-needed employment.

“It is also extremely heartening to see that Tottenham Hotspur, who are part of the lifeblood of this community, have taken on a leading role and are going the extra mile in order to ensure that the regeneration of Tottenham delivers real jobs and benefits for the local community.”

Leader of Haringey Council, Cllr Claire Kober said: “This ground-breaking partnership shows how, together, we can create real jobs and opportunities for our residents. This is just the beginning of our long-term ambitions to deliver thousands of new employment opportunities to Tottenham. Local people are at the heart of our plans as we bring new jobs, modern homes, and a better mix of shops to Tottenham and secure its future.”

Sainsburys Director of HR, Retail and Logistics, Jacki Connor said: “Sainsbury's has been trading in Tottenham for over a quarter of a century, so we're proud to invest in the area and create more local jobs. Working in one of our stores is fast-paced and rewarding and we’re committed to giving our colleagues the opportunity to train and grow – whether that’s getting a City & Guilds certificate at one of our Food Colleges or using one of our training schemes to develop.

“We’re very proud to celebrate this partnership today and we’re looking forward to welcoming our new colleagues and customers into our new store in November.”

A special video outlining the work of the partnership can be viewed by following this link...