Food manufacturer 2 Sisters Food Group is advertising more than 100 roles at its site in Thetford, Norfolk in response to an unemployment crisis in the East of England caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
The recruitment drive includes both temporary and part-time positions across a number of different departments, ranging from intake, frying, packing and dispatch.
2 Sisters, which employs more than 800 people at its base at Caxton Way, Thetford, says it is keen to help those who have been left jobless as a result of the pandemic.
Thetford business support manager, Denise Berry, said: “Clearly the local economy is going to take a big hit with the pandemic, but there are some sectors such as ours helping to feed the UK which are doing very well and still require workers.
“We have reached out to the local community to explain that although we’re supplementing our own employees with agency staff at the moment, we would really like to convert these to permanent colleagues who work directly for our business.
“There are some great opportunities available and we have many examples of people who have gone on to have long and fulfilling careers in the business – for those ambitious and capable, there’s good opportunities for career progression.”
“The fall-out of this crisis will hit vulnerable young workers harder than other age groups, so again this is where we can also help at Thetford.”
This initiative is the latest in a series of recruitment drives from 2 Sisters. It had previously launched a nationwide appeal for workers via social media during the height of the pandemic in March, as well as supporting the Chancellor’s Kickstart Scheme, which will see cash used to create hundreds of thousands’ of six-month work placements.
Berry added: “The fall-out of this crisis will hit vulnerable young workers harder than other age groups, so again this is where we can also help at Thetford.
“We understand that the Kickstart scheme is an initial six-month placement, but this is not to say there wouldn’t be further opportunities for those starting out in their careers to develop themselves and stay at the business.
“We have a great track record for training our people with many success stories of personal development from shop floor to senior management, so we’d really like to hear from as many people as possible.”