SOCIAL Protection Minister Joan Burton has spoken of her past as supermarket worker as young people on dole were hired by Tesco.
Around 36 young people were taken on in two Tesco stores for a six week courses in retail or warehouse training. They were allowed to hold onto their social welfare payments and 10 of them were subsequently hired by Tesco.
At the graduation ceremony for the young people on the course, Ms Burton said she had previously worked during her student days as a checkout assistant with the Dunnes Stores supermarket chain.
"I was serving customers. Retail was a great experience for a huge number of people, either during the holidays or for a period of time after they left school," she said.
The young people who completed the training courses were picked from the live register by Ms Burton's department to work in Tesco's stores in the Donaghmede and Cabra in Dublin. Tesco is promising to take in 100 people in the training courses next year.