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Peugeot workers shop for Tesco jobs.

Supermarket giant Tesco has taken on 28 staff who have been made redundant with the closing of Peugeot at Ryton.

Britain's biggest retailer has worked with Jobcentre Plus and the Peugeot Partnership, the organisation set up to reduce the impact of the looming closure.

The workers have already started their new jobs at Tesco's warehouse at Daventry International Rail Freight Terminal in Northamptonshire as the Peugeot Partnership continues its pledge to reduce the impact of the plant's shutdown in January.

Of the 1,000 workers who have already left Peugeot, around 200 have retired while another 400 have entered training courses and another 400 have found work.

Liz Barrett, adviser manager at Jobcentre Plus, said she had worked closely with Peugeot human resources manager Pat McDermott and Tesco personnel & training manager Lyn Ward to quickly fill the warehouse vacancies.

"This has been a part-nership approach between the Jobcentre Plus support team and the Peugeot support team at the resource centre to help people into new employment," said Liz, who is among a team of five Jobcentre Plus staff based at Ryton.

Ms Ward said Peugeot's workforce had skills which were transferable to other industries.

The Birmingham Post will chronicle the Ryton story from Wednesday.
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Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:Dec 11, 2006
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