Headlines: May 8th, 2001

Employment Service and Tesco have formed a partnership to allow supermarket customers to look for a job while they fill up the trolley. Touch screen Jobpoints have been installed in two locations to test out user reaction for six months. Early findings from the trial will be used to shape future decisions about the provision of Jobpoints in third party sites.Jobpoints allow free access to every vacancy held by every Jobcentre in Britain. With around 400,000 job vacancies this is Europe’s largest national job bank. They can be used by anyone looking for work. Jobseekers wanting to be referred to a vacancy can print the details from the Jobpoint and either call the Employment Service Direct telephone service from the store or from home, or alternatively they can call in at their local Jobcentre.

The technology has been supplied by EDS, the global IT services company, which provides strategy, implementation and hosting for clients managing the business and technology complexities of the digital economy.

It has also been announced that Tesco will promote the Government’s worktrain website in ten new Internet cafes to be launched soon. As well as offering access to all the vacancies held by the Employment Service the website also has half a million training opportunities and occupational advice on hundreds of careers making it the largest and most comprehensive website of its kind.