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SUPERMARKET IN LEEDS EDUCATION SCHEME

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The supermarket giant Tesco has taught 120 adults how to read and write in a pioneering approach to tackling urban ...
The supermarket giant Tesco has taught 120 adults how to read and write in a pioneering approach to tackling urban deprivation, reports The Express (p19).

Today the supermarket will be offering jobs to their mature students recruited from the long-term unemployed who live within a mile of the Seacroft estate in Leeds.

With guidance from Leeds City Council, Tesco selected only the long-term unemployed, the young and lone parents for the positions. All were told they would get a job if they completed the courses.

The scheme, say social experts, could provide a solution for tackling the problem of 'food deserts' where a lack of shops means people cannot obtain fresh produce, contributing to health problems in poorer communities.

In October, Tesco plans to open a 24-hour superstore at Seacroft, which has a high proportion of single-parent households and a 25% unemployment rate among residents aged 16 to 24.
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