Cathedral's Volition programme enables BHS to recruit new employees


A new Food Store in BHS Liverpool has recruited an amazing 7 recruits from our volunteer Volition programme. The store which opened today has recruited the most employees in one go in Volition's history.

As part of the recruitment process BHS Liverpool partnered with Liverpool Cathedral’s popular Volition programme, inviting interested job seekers to interview for one of the new positions. 7 of the new employees were recruited through the Volition programme, making it the most new employees recruited at once, by one employer, in Volition’s  history.

Our volunteer programme provides intensive one to one support, over a twelve week period, to help develop the job seeker’s key work skills.

Andrea Watkins, General Manager of BHS Liverpool commented: “We were thrilled to partner with the Volition volunteer programme for the Food Store recruitment drive. Supporting the local community is very important to us and we look forward to welcoming the new members of staff to the team.”

Lauren Bailey-Rhodes, Head of Programmes for Volition, said: "Our team work hard to prove there is another way to support people into work, not least changing attitudes of jobseekers themselves, who can be disillusioned with the system. Placing people successfully in cases such as this proves businesses are keen to employ local people with some character and the right attitude who would be able to connect with their customers.”

The new Food Store will feature the brand new BHS logo and forms part of the businesses’ strategic plan to move further into convenience food retailing and enhance the customer experience by modernising an initial 20 stores with new mannequins, innovative product displays and improved store design. 

This latest opening will introduce the BHS customer to great value offers such as a ‘2 Dine for £10’ meal deal, offering customers a main meal, side, dessert and a bottle of wine (or a non-alcoholic alternative) for £10.

Darren Topp, Chief Executive Officer of BHS commented:   “We are delighted to launch our new BHS Food Store concept in Liverpool, creating 30 new jobs for the area. Our successful trials, in Staines, Warrington and Romford gave us the opportunity to gather feedback from our customers and implement new initiatives in Liverpool.

“Our Food Stores are all about convenience retailing which suits our busy customer perfectly, we look forward to great success in Liverpool and across the next 20 stores.”  

Visit the BHS website for further information