Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Tesco extends ‘store swap’ scheme across UKOn 24 Jun 2003 in Personnel Today Tesco is cutting recruitment costs and making life easier for students byextending its ‘Swap Shop’ initiative to allow cash-strapped students to switchto working in their hometown Tesco during university holidays. This follows a successful trial in Scotland last December of a UCAS-styleclearing house for cash-strapped students keen to transfer their term-time jobsto their home stores during the university holidays. Students can arrange a hassle-free transfer to their home store with onecall to a national hotline. Once their holiday is over, they simply return totheir university store as normal. The number of students working for the UK’s largest private employer has hitan all-time high of 25,300 as they battle to make ends meet and finance theiruniversity education. Typical posts include general assistants, cashiers and internet orderpickers, with general assistants earning £5.16 per hour. Miranda Clarke, head of resourcing at Tesco, said: “Students are findingit increasingly difficult to make ends meet while at university, and as a vitalpart of our workforce (11 per cent) Tesco is keen to support them as much aspossible. “We want to make it as easy as possible for students to work, and thisallows them to work during term-time and also at home during holidayperiods.” Clarke was optimistic the scheme would help retain student staff andencourage many to consider developing their careers with Tesco after they havefinished their education.