New store attracts 724 job applications

Swindon Advertiser: An artist’s impression of the planned Waitrose supermarket for the Wichelstowe District Centre An artist’s impression of the planned Waitrose supermarket for the Wichelstowe District Centre

WAITROSE has received more than 700 applications in only three weeks of advertising the 150 vacancies at their new store in Wichelstowe.

The multi-million pound store is currently being built on the fields off Peglars Way and Foxham Way, at what will become the Wichelstowe District Centre.

Roles for the new store, which will be built on the 3.5-hectare site that will become Middle Wichel, were first advertised in December.

Waitrose then closed the application window last week after an overwhelming 724 job applications were submitted to the company.

Applicants included local unemployed people and candidates put forward by Jobcentre Plus and council initiative resources.

The company’s director of development, Nigel Keen, said: “We have had a phenomenal response and are encouraged by the calibre of applications we’ve received. “We are grateful that so many people are eager to work for our business, and look forward to a successful future at the Wichelstowe store.”

The supermarket will now sift through the applications before inviting the most suitable candidates to interview in February.

The company will have to whittle down the candidates to a choice 150 staff.

As Partners, all employees will be entitled to exclusive benefits, including shopping and leisure discounts, leisure and learning subsidies and a share in profits in the form of an annual bonus.

A spokesman from Wait-rose said: “We are thrilled by the volume of applications we’ve received during the recruitment process for our new store in Swindon and are very impressed by their high calibre.

“We advertised for a number of different roles, ranging from managerial positions to in-store sales assistants, and in total we will be taking on approximately 150 new employees who will all become Partners in the John Lewis Partnership.

“This will be our first Waitrose store in Swindon and we are very excited about being part of the new development in Wichelstowe. “The new store is now taking shape and we are looking forward to opening our doors to customers this spring.”

Construction of the new store caused havoc last month when Mill Lane and Foxham Way were closed without warning to allow building to take place.

The roads are now expected to be closed until the end of February.

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10:48am Sat 18 Jan 14

RichardR1 says...

Perhaps not eager to work for Waitrose but eager to have a job. Let us hope they give them to local people. Swindon cannot sustain more migrants whether foreign or indigenous.
Perhaps not eager to work for Waitrose but eager to have a job. Let us hope they give them to local people. Swindon cannot sustain more migrants whether foreign or indigenous. RichardR1

1:31pm Sat 18 Jan 14

villageoldman says...

Supermarket in a field , only for people to travel to as there are no locals..good luck to the applicants though.
Supermarket in a field , only for people to travel to as there are no locals..good luck to the applicants though. villageoldman

2:18pm Sat 18 Jan 14

ChannelX says...

villageoldman wrote:
Supermarket in a field , only for people to travel to as there are no locals..good luck to the applicants though.
Just like all out of town, larger sized supermarkets then.

Only in Swindon would people whinge about a flagship Waitrose opening.
[quote][p][bold]villageoldman[/bold] wrote: Supermarket in a field , only for people to travel to as there are no locals..good luck to the applicants though.[/p][/quote]Just like all out of town, larger sized supermarkets then. Only in Swindon would people whinge about a flagship Waitrose opening. ChannelX

6:10pm Sat 18 Jan 14

Davey Gravey says...

RichardR1 wrote:
Perhaps not eager to work for Waitrose but eager to have a job. Let us hope they give them to local people. Swindon cannot sustain more migrants whether foreign or indigenous.
Should we bring back every British migrant and make everyone who lives in Swindon but works elsewhere come back too?
[quote][p][bold]RichardR1[/bold] wrote: Perhaps not eager to work for Waitrose but eager to have a job. Let us hope they give them to local people. Swindon cannot sustain more migrants whether foreign or indigenous.[/p][/quote]Should we bring back every British migrant and make everyone who lives in Swindon but works elsewhere come back too? Davey Gravey

7:05pm Sat 18 Jan 14

ChаnnelX says...

Davey Gravey is wrong again, Quelle surprise!

Bob is quite right when he says anyone from outside the country is not welcome to local jobs and benefits, as everyone knows. Not sure about "indigenous migrants" though, Looks like the old fella is completely brainwashed by the UKIP rhetoric now.
Davey Gravey is wrong again, Quelle surprise! Bob is quite right when he says anyone from outside the country is not welcome to local jobs and benefits, as everyone knows. Not sure about "indigenous migrants" though, Looks like the old fella is completely brainwashed by the UKIP rhetoric now. ChаnnelX

7:34pm Sat 18 Jan 14

Davey Gravey says...

How can asking a question be wrong?
Such a plonker
How can asking a question be wrong? Such a plonker Davey Gravey

8:12am Sun 19 Jan 14

house on the hill says...

If they want a job there good luck to them, they are supposed to be a very good company to work for and good to see a premium company wanting to come to Swindon.
If they want a job there good luck to them, they are supposed to be a very good company to work for and good to see a premium company wanting to come to Swindon. house on the hill

12:02pm Sun 19 Jan 14

Phantom Poster says...

RichardR1 wrote:
Perhaps not eager to work for Waitrose but eager to have a job. Let us hope they give them to local people. Swindon cannot sustain more migrants whether foreign or indigenous.
When I interview people for a job I generally pick someone who I view to be the best person for that job, irrespective of race. Not only is that in the interests of the business, but I think that you'll find that racism in the interview process is illegal.

If I see a CV with the name Feal-Martinez on it should I immediately bin it since they sounds a bit foreign?
[quote][p][bold]RichardR1[/bold] wrote: Perhaps not eager to work for Waitrose but eager to have a job. Let us hope they give them to local people. Swindon cannot sustain more migrants whether foreign or indigenous.[/p][/quote]When I interview people for a job I generally pick someone who I view to be the best person for that job, irrespective of race. Not only is that in the interests of the business, but I think that you'll find that racism in the interview process is illegal. If I see a CV with the name Feal-Martinez on it should I immediately bin it since they sounds a bit foreign? Phantom Poster

7:22pm Sun 19 Jan 14

KM1981 says...

Bravo Phantom Poster, couldn't agree more.

I hope the jobs will go to the most deserving people, whoever they may be.
Bravo Phantom Poster, couldn't agree more. I hope the jobs will go to the most deserving people, whoever they may be. KM1981

8:22am Mon 20 Jan 14

swindondad says...

Back to the article,

As far as retail organizations go John Lewis Partnership is one of the best to work for.

Conditions and benefits for all staff are good as they are all "partners" in the company. So I am not surprised they had more than 4 applicants for every job. The best of luck to all those who applied and may the best suited candidates be selected.
Back to the article, As far as retail organizations go John Lewis Partnership is one of the best to work for. Conditions and benefits for all staff are good as they are all "partners" in the company. So I am not surprised they had more than 4 applicants for every job. The best of luck to all those who applied and may the best suited candidates be selected. swindondad

1:33pm Mon 20 Jan 14

ChannelX says...

swindondad wrote:
Back to the article,

As far as retail organizations go John Lewis Partnership is one of the best to work for.

Conditions and benefits for all staff are good as they are all "partners" in the company. So I am not surprised they had more than 4 applicants for every job. The best of luck to all those who applied and may the best suited candidates be selected.
Absolutely. In many respects, you'd think that those who often sneer at Waitrose and John Lewis for being 'too expensive' and 'posh people's shops' would actually quite admire the way they treat their employees.

It's also quite good odds turning up to an interview knowing that you've got a better than 1 in 5 chance of getting it.
[quote][p][bold]swindondad[/bold] wrote: Back to the article, As far as retail organizations go John Lewis Partnership is one of the best to work for. Conditions and benefits for all staff are good as they are all "partners" in the company. So I am not surprised they had more than 4 applicants for every job. The best of luck to all those who applied and may the best suited candidates be selected.[/p][/quote]Absolutely. In many respects, you'd think that those who often sneer at Waitrose and John Lewis for being 'too expensive' and 'posh people's shops' would actually quite admire the way they treat their employees. It's also quite good odds turning up to an interview knowing that you've got a better than 1 in 5 chance of getting it. ChannelX

6:28pm Mon 20 Jan 14

ChаnnelX says...

Actually I really do think that Waitrose and John Lewis are too good for Swindonians who are, in general, people without class, aspiration or ambition. Only in Swindon could House Of Fraser open a flagship store and so few people visit it that it becomes an outlet store instead.

They even think that people who still have all their own *teeth* are 'fancy'.
Actually I really do think that Waitrose and John Lewis are too good for Swindonians who are, in general, people without class, aspiration or ambition. Only in Swindon could House Of Fraser open a flagship store and so few people visit it that it becomes an outlet store instead. They even think that people who still have all their own *teeth* are 'fancy'. ChаnnelX

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