ONE hundred and fifty partners have been welcomed into Waitrose, with recruitment for the new branch in Milngavie now complete.
Over 1,900 applications were received for jobs at Waitrose Milngavie, the highest number ever for a new Scottish branch.
Waitrose Milngavie is the supermarket’s seventh branch in Scotland and brings the number of Scottish Waitrose partners to over 1,000.
Vacancies were a mix of full-time and part-time positions and ranged from food service assistants to customer service and administration assistants.
Recruitment took place online, through the John Lewis Partnership’s dedicated recruitment site, www.jlpjobs.com, and through the local Job Centre Plus.
The new partners will receive training in venues in Waitrose’s branches on Byres Road, in Stirling and in Newton Mearns.
Partners working in the new branch’s bakery eat-in area will travel to England for training, as the new bakery area isn’t available in other Scottish branches.
David Sharp, branch manager for Waitrose Milngavie, said: “We had an incredible response to our recruitment drive in Milngavie and the calibre of the applicants was outstanding.
“We’ve adapted how we recruit for this branch, to reflect the demand for more full-time positions in the local area.
“Waitrose Waitrose is employee-owned, which means that all of our new partners will have a say in how the business is run, and access to all the benefits that come with working in the John Lewis Partnership.
“Each year, our partners will receive their share of our profits through the bonus scheme – meaning that a substantial proportion of Waitrose Milngavie’s profits will stay in the local community.”
Waitrose partners receive a range of benefits. In 2014/15, each partner received a bonus of 11 per cent, which equated to six weeks additional pay.
After three months, each partner will be entitled to a discount on shopping in John Lewis and Waitrose.
Waitrose Milngavie will open at 8am on Thursday 11 June.
Waitrose has two branches in Edinburgh (Comely Bank and Morningside), one in Glasgow (Byres Road) and in Newton Mearns, Helensburgh and Stirling.
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