Major food retailer Tesco has recently revealed plans to open a new store on Park Road in Faringdon, a venture that is expected to create over one hundred food jobs for the area.

The company has reported impressive sales figures over the Christmas period, and is continuing with its expansion ready for the challenges that 2010 is expected to present.

Planning for the new multi-million pound store is well underway, and planning permission will be submitted to Vale of White Horse District Council as soon as the current consultation is completed.

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This consultation involves an exhibition of potential designs for the store, and members of the public are being invited to give their opinions and suggestions, and pose questions to Tesco representatives.

Researchers at Tesco have planned the store after identifying what they call 'a real need for increased food shopping choice' in Faringdon. Their figures demonstrate that approximately 80% of local people do their food shopping outside of their town.

Tesco is hoping that the new store, with its 15,000 square foot floorspace containing both food and non-food items, will encourage people to stay in Faringdon, doing their main food shop at Tesco, and buying other items from town centre shops.

Tesco is aiming to complete the project by summer 2011.
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How to upskill in the food industry
By Food Job Blogger
In terms of food jobs, upskilling is an expression used to describe a person's progression up the career ladder, gaining valuable skills, experience and knowledge as they do so.

This means that once you've entered the food industry and got yourself a food job, the opportunities available are endless.

There are many examples of people who have started work in the food industry at ground level, and have gone on to achieve high-ranking positions within their particular field.

Within the timespan of a number of years, cashiers at supermarkets go on to become store managers, waiters in restaurants may become general managers or even executive chefs, and with the right training, a laboratory assistant in a food development facility may even end up as a specialist in food technology.

The food industry is unlike any other sector in the UK today in that there is so much room for progression, and despite the current global recession, the industry is doing well and actually expanding.

There are a large number of areas to work within, and there are apparently one in four food jobs permanently vacant, particularly in the areas of food science and manufacturing engineering.

There are more higher education courses and many other types of training programmes available now than ever before, so there are countless ways for you to upskill and continue on up the career ladder.

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