Development and regeneration in Barking and Dagenham

Whitbread makes more than 50 job offers

Wed 24 October 2012, 4:48 pm

Some 57 Barking & Dagenham residents have been offered jobs at the new Premier Inn hotel and Brewers Fayre restaurant set to open later this year in Chequers Lane, Dagenham.

The London Borough of Barking & Dagenham’s regeneration team was asked to manage the staff-recruitment process by development owner Whitbread.

More than 500 residents attended a series of information events earlier this month. This week the authority confirmed the number of job offers that had resulted.
Cameron Geddes, the council’s cabinet member for regeneration, said the current economic climate made it “crucial” that local residents were given priority for local jobs.

"The council is committed to bringing in new businesses into the borough and working closely with all our partners to ensure local people are aware of, and take advantage of, any opportunities for employment and training,” he said.

He added that Whitbread had indicated that some residents who were unsuccessful in their applications for the Dagenham jobs may be offered jobs in neighbouring boroughs.

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