TNT Post, the UK’s second largest private postal operator and main competitor to Royal Mail, has today begun deliveries to households and businesses in the L Postcode, following the recruitment of 500 Posties in the Liverpool area.
Liverpool joins Manchester and London as the latest location for TNT Posties, taking the number of people hired by TNT Post to 3,000 in less than two years. The announcement is part of its plans to create 20,000 jobs in five years.
The company chose Liverpool as its next destination to roll out its delivery service because of the positive approach the City had in welcoming inward investment and the help it gave in targeting the jobs at the hard to reach youth and long term unemployed.
The delivery service operates alongside the traditional Royal Mail postal delivery service but the TNT Post Postie will complete their deliveries using bicycles. In addition, for the first time, every letter is scanned, with a track and trace service to the door.
Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson said: “I am delighted that TNT Post has chosen Liverpool as the latest location for their delivery service. Together with our partners, we worked really hard with them to help target and recruit people with the right skills. I keep saying that Liverpool is open for business, and we are now having real success in attracting high quality firms delivering substantial numbers of jobs.
“This is the latest in a string of announcements we have made, and in total it means 1,500 jobs for our residents. We are continuing to have discussions every single day with interested firms and investors, and we hope to be in a position to make more announcements in coming months. I am confident we are on track to deliver on my Mayoral pledge to attract thousands of jobs and investment.”
The jobs have been filled by people who have found it hard to get back into employment. The flexibility of the roles has made them particularly appealing for women returning to work, second jobbers, those balancing childcare commitments and school/college leavers.
The company, together with Liverpool City Council developed a Pre- Employment Training course which saw over 170 candidates to establish their suitability for the role. It also worked with Job Centre Plus and Aventa to fulfil the rest of the roles.
Nick Wells, CEO TNT Post said:”We are delighted to have gone live in Liverpool. It’s a great City and we welcome the support received from the local public sector bodies in helping us target these jobs at people who may have found it hard to get back into the work place.
“Our commitment to our new employees does not stop when they begin work. We will help develop their careers through our dedicated training and development programmes. This will not only benefit our new employees and the communities in which they live, but also the wider business community as our Posties progress their career with us or look for new opportunities within other businesses in the area.”