A ‘SUBSTANTIAL’ number of new jobs are to be created at South Derbyshire’s Nestle plant, it has been revealed.
The company announced yesterday it was to create nearly 2,000 new roles, and said a large chunk of that would be coming to its Hatton factory.
It is the latest boost for the site, where a new 33,000sq m coffee production site is currently being developed, with the announcement set to see more jobs created at the factory than originally expected.
The majority of the jobs are to be offered to young people, while paid work experience placements will also be made available, with Nestle making a deliberate effort to help more school leavers into work.
Some 1,600 jobs are to be offered to teenagers by the company, with a further 300 four-week placements to be made available.
Exactly how many extra jobs will be created in Hatton has yet to be disclosed, but Nestle said due to the size of the plant, a ‘substantial’ amount of jobs would be advertised at the factory.
South Derbyshire’s MP Heather Wheeler said the announcement was ‘fantastic for the area’, with the news coming as a further boost to the district after it was revealed earlier this week that the number of Jobseekers’ Allowance claimants in South Derbyshire had dipped below 1,000 for the first time in five years.
Mrs Wheeler said: “It’s fabulous news. With the £210 million investment in the site we knew that would mean some new jobs, but this is just fantastic news for the area. I’m absolutely delighted.”
Nestle chief executive Fiona Kendrick said: “Sadly, young people in the UK are stuck in a catch-22 situation - they can’t get a job without experience, but can’t get experience without a job.
“As employers we value young people with experience, so we have to provide them with enough opportunities to gain it.”
Bosses at trade union GMB said Nestle’s jobs pledge would ‘give hope to young people’.