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Wilko closure date revealed

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Stroud’s Wilko store at the Five Valleys Shopping Centre will close on Monday, September 25. 

All of Wilko’s 400-plus stores are set to close by October, which could see around 12,500 staff members lose their jobs. 

Having failed to secure a takeover that would save the business, the high street retailer fell into administration on August 10. 

Administrators at PwC had agreed a £13 deal to sell 51 Wilko stores to B&M and Poundland snapped around 71 shops. 

Meanwhile, Stagecoach West is offering immediate interviews to staff affected by the closures. 

The bus operator would like to hear from anyone considering a career change as a bus driver – a role where they can continue using their invaluable customer service skills.

Immediate start bus driver vacancies are available at Stagecoach West’s depots in Stroud.  Roles are on offer for both existing PCV license holders and those looking to train to be a bus driver.

Those looking to gain their license will have all their training paid for (worth up to £4000) and will earn from day one.

Rachel Geliamassi, Managing Director, Stagecoach West said: “We’d love to hear from anyone affected by the redundancies at Wilko.  Our drivers are the first point of contact our passengers have with us so great customer service skills and an approachable nature are imperative – qualities many Wilko employees have in spades.   It must be a very worrying time for all those impacted so if we’re able to help people get back to work serving their communities as a bus driver then we’d urge them to get in touch to discuss available positions and training options.

“We pride ourselves on a friendly, inclusive working environment and welcome applications from all.  We have really close-knit driving teams across our region with plenty of friendly faces to welcome you.”

Stagecoach West welcomes applications from those with no previous driver experience and has a network of excellent trainers ready to teach.  Only recently, trainer Gemma Harrison won Most Inspirational Trainer, having been nominated by colleagues as part of a company-wide recognition scheme.

Drivers working out of the Stroud Depot receive a generous salary of £12.01 per hour (Monday to Friday), £12.17 per hour on Saturdays and Sundays and are guaranteed a minimum of 38 hours per week with the opportunity to earn even more with overtime.  In addition, drivers enjoy flexible shifts, a generous company pension scheme and 20 days holiday (plus Bank Holidays).

As a member of the Stagecoach West family staff, partners and up to two children receive free travel on Stagecoach buses across the country.

For further information or to apply please visit: stagecoachbus.com/careers

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