Creating new jobsThe store would employ up to 370 people, with most of those roles representing new job opportunities for local people. ASDA is proud to be involved in the Government's Local Employment Partnership scheme. Through Jobcentre Plus and local employment agencies, we will provide long-term and recently unemployed people with the opportunity of a route back into work.Flexible working and skillsOur flexible working packages mean that our colleagues can balance their work and family commitments. We are regularly voted one of Britain's top employers. In March we were named as 'Innovative Employer of the Year' at this year's prestigious Oracle Retail Week Awards. As well as highlighting ASDA's high retention rates, judges noted ASDA's "highly successful colleague based initiatives", including our commitment to colleague health and our reward and recognition schemes - these include suggestion programmes and regular listening groups.We are committed to the long-term career and skills development of all our colleagues, providing training to the standard of NVQ level 2 and the opportunity to qualify for modern apprenticeships. Since 2002, over 1,200 shop floor colleagues have moved from hourly paid work into management.Pay and BenefitsWe have the best retention rates in the supermarket sector. Over 93,000 of our 160,000 colleagues have a stake in the business through our share ownership scheme.
All colleagues with more than six months' service receive an annual performance related bonus. We are proud of our diverse workforce and the fact that we are Britain's biggest private sector employer of over 50s. We have no mandatory retirement age and no ceiling age for recruitment.
It is vital that the ASDA site links effectively with its immediate surroundings. We would expect local shoppers to want to link their trips between ASDA and other local shops
and services. These connections are being very carefully considered to enable people to safely and conveniently do so.We are considering alternative access schemes into the site by car. The first is a roundabout to replace the existing priority junction at Cromford Road/Station Road/Derby Road, to provide a safer and more efficient junction layout. The second option is a
signal-controlled junction, with customer and store service vehicle access combined. The vast majority of shoppers who would use the new ASDA store are already travelling to other nearby stores using local roads. Indeed, many Langley Mill residents already travel past, or close to, the proposal site to shop in Heanor or Eastwood. This means that additional new car trips would be limited.ASDA's highways consultants are working with Derbyshire County Council to create a scheme that has safety and efficiency as its highest priorities. The site is well connected into the local public transport network and we will make sure that pedestrian access to the store is convenient and safe for local residents. In partnership with the local authority, we will also improve cycling access to the site.Delivering sustainable development Indicative artist's impression of the proposed site showing a roundabout