MORE than 40 new jobs are expected to be created in Penrith by Marks & Spencer and Premier Inn, according to Jobcentre Plus.
Marks & Spencer, which will open a Simply Food outlet in the former Co-operative store, King Street, in December, has been talking to Jobcentre staff about filling more than 20 vacancies.
Discussions have also taken place with Premier Inn about a potential 20-plus staff to be taken on by February for its new Common Garden Square hotel.
Bakery firm Greggs is also expected to be recruiting later this year, according to Jennifer Metherell, of Jobcentre Plus, though numbers have not yet been determined. The company is one of the Department for Work and Pensions’ partners in the Feeding Britain’s Future “employability skills” project this year and has advised that its participation in the scheme will potentially be followed by a recruitment campaign.
Mrs. Metherell, employer engagement and partnership manager for Jobcentre Plus in North and West Cumbria, said: “Things are pretty good in Eden. The claimant count, which includes Jobseeker’s Allow ance and Universal Credit claimants not working, is 197 (0.6 per cent.).
“That’s 20 per cent. down on the same time last year, and 39 of those are aged 18-24 and that is a 29 per cent. drop on last year.”