More than 150 jobs up for grabs at Sports Direct warehouse
MORE than 150 jobs are still up for grabs at a sports retailer's warehouse.
Sports Direct is looking for candidates to fill the roles at its Shirebrook plant.
The Post reported in September that the company was offering 500 jobs, 350 of which have now being snapped up.
Now recruitment agency Blue Arrow is looking to put on transport from Nottingham to the warehouse for people who don't have their own car.
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The agency said it had received a huge level of interest in the announcement that the jobs were available, with inductions being held daily.
A spokesman said: "To date, 350 jobs have been filled, leaving 150 left to fill.
"We have had a huge level of interest in these roles, perhaps more than expected. We have had a lot of people contact us who live in Nottingham and are keen to work with Sports Direct but have said they don't have access to transport so are unable to get to the warehouse, which has prevented them from applying to work there.
"In response to that, Blue Arrow has arranged for a minibus to be able to pick people up from the city. They don't want them to miss out on the chance of a job because of where they live."
The 500 new staff will join the 3,000-strong workforce already employed at the plant.
The firm says it needs more staff to cope with growing demand because of rising interest in sport caused by the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The staff are being employed on a month-by-month basis but the company is confident that the jobs will be long term.
The staff are working as pickers, helping out in the distribution side of the business as well as its growing web department.
Staff are needed to start work straight away.
Jo Fox, of Blue Arrow, said: "We have been encouraged by the interest level in these jobs. It is a big boost to the local area."
Sports Direct is one of many companies offering large numbers of jobs in Notts.
Asda is seeking 600 staff to work at a new home delivery centre in Bulwell, while the Lenton-based Pizza Factory is training up 100 unemployed people for jobs there.
Meanwhile, 35 jobs were created at a new Iceland store, which has opened in Nuthall Road, Cinderhill.