Wolves at Work has helped a major new Wolverhampton retailer successfully recruit city residents for 50 permanent jobs.


Food Warehouse (Iceland) will be officially opening its new flagship store at the Peel Centre, Stafford Street, on Tuesday, March 13.


The Wolves at Work employment programme - which is run in partnership with the Department for Work and Pensions, Job Change and City of Wolverhampton College – helped generate 3,500 applications, and interview 300 candidates over five days.


Forty-five of the 50 (90 per cent) retail assistant and night replenishment assistant roles have been filled by City of Wolverhampton residents – and of those 45, 27 were previously unemployed.


Food Warehouse (Iceland) Store Manager, Adam Allmark, said: “We have had great support from the Wolves at Work team.


“They were very positive in preparing the candidates for the process ahead – and it is the best recruitment service we’ve received.”


City of Wolverhampton Council, Cabinet Member for City Economy, Councillor John Reynolds, said: “The Wolves at Work team has done a great job helping Food Warehouse in its recruitment process.


“The programme is all about delivering jobs for local people and this is another major success story.


“It also highlights how £3.7 billion of investment on site or in the pipeline in the city is creating jobs.”


Anyone interested in local jobs or employers needing recruitment support in Wolverhampton can register at www.wolvesworkbox.com.