The Department for Employment and Learning’s Employment Service is assisting Home Bargains with its recruitment of 80 staff following the announcement of a further two new stores.
The announcement was welcomed by Employment and Learning Minister, Dr Stephen Farry, who met with senior representatives of the company as plans were unveiled for their new store at Cityside retail park which opened on Saturday 11 August.
The Minister said: “I welcome TJ Morris’ commitment to recruit 80 new employees through my Departments’ Employment Service. The primary aim of the public Employment Service is to prepare people for work – helping individuals to acquire jobs, including self-employment, helping employers to fill vacancies, and improving the linkages between employment programmes and skills development.
“This approach has guaranteed employment opportunities for local communities. In the current economic climate it is vital that we do all we can to help people find jobs and progress in the labour market.”
The Employment Service through a network of 35 Jobs and Benefits offices and Jobcentres offers a range of services to the unemployed, job seekers or job changers including assistance with training and help to find employment. It also offers a range of vacancy services for employers including advertising, recruitment events, sifting applications and interview facilities.
Home Bargains is investing approximately £1 million in two new Northern Ireland stores, which will open within the next three months. The retailer has already generated over 200 jobs with the opening of five stores across Northern Ireland. It is now opening an additional two stores in Belfast and Craigavon, bringing a further 80 jobs to local people.
Joe Morris, operations director at Home Bargains, commented: “Home Bargains is committed to investing in Northern Ireland and rolling out ambitious expansion plans which will provide excellent employment opportunities for local people to work in a retail environment.”
The new stores will give local shoppers the chance to get their hands on the latest bargains, including a great selection of homewares. Home Bargains also stocks a range of other top branded goods at fantastic value, including health and beauty, household, sweets and snacks, home style and drinks.
With over three million customers visiting stores across the UK per week, Home Bargains is one of the UK’s best-loved discount retailers, stocking top quality, branded goods at low, low prices every day. The company has also launched an ecommerce website, www.homebargains.co.uk, where customers can buy items online.