A GOVERNMENT minister has praised a new supermarket in Frodsham for Backing Young Britain.
Morrisons’ High Street store was visited by Labour’s North West regional minister Phil Woolas who was on an economic tour of the region as part of the Backing Young Britain campaign, supporting young people through the recession.
Following his 45 minute tour of the store, Mr Woolas said: “I came away from it thinking what a good company Morrisons are. There are prospects for people there, real apprenticeships as butchers, fish mongers and bakers. Some of the head office had started as till operators. Morrisons have a fantastic management structure, 95% of the managers started their careers on the shop floor.
“The Government is trying to do what it can to ensure youngsters aren’t left without a job or training. Morrisons have shown they are one of the best examples of what a company can do. It’s brilliant. There’s a very family feel to the company, you really feel they are interested in their employees.”
Weaver Vale MP Mike Hall and store manager Joe Ashton welcomed Mr Woolas to the site and introduced him to young staff at the store who have benefited from the scheme.
“I met some of the youngsters there and everybody is working towards an NVQ”, added Mr Woolas.
“I met a 16-year-old called Natalie, she got the job through the job centre and they are going to train her up.”
More than 150 British companies have thrown their weight behind the Back Young Britain initiative to create new opportunities for thousands of young people during the recession.