Community projects key to M&S recovery tactics

first_imgCommunity projects key to M&S recovery tacticsOn 6 Feb 2001 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Community projects will be central to Marks & Spencer’saction plan to revive its ailing business and improve staff skill levels.The retailer aims to support initiatives to improve safety,health and education in the communities around stores, which will also boostits business.Ed Williams, head of corporate community involvement, toldthe Building a Skilled Workforce conference in London that community investmentplans were key to the company’s recovery.An external evaluation showed the store’s own community involvementprogramme, which takes up one day a week for three months, led to a 30 per centincrease in employees’ skill levels.Employees taking part in the Prince’s Trust scheme, who wereall aged under 25, showed a 50 per cent increase in skill levels.The results came from competency reports from both theemployees and their managers.Williams hopes healthy eating and education campaigns willlead to more people buying Marks & Spencer products.He said, “Employees between the ages of 16 and 25 willbenefit the most.”We will no longer just be signing big cheques, butinvesting in the communities and customers we serve.”Within the next year, Williams hopes each employee willspend at least 100 hours in the community on development programmes.Other schemes include the “Seeing is Believing”tour, which involves managers from Marks & Spencer looking at issuesincluding homelessness.Williams hopes this will lead to Marks & Spenceroffering work placements to homeless people.By Richard Staines Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img

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