New partnership will see more Americans with disabilities find meaningful employment at CVS Pharmacy locations

WOONSOCKET, R.I., 2017-Nov-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — CVS Health [NYSE: CVS] today (Nov. 8, 2017) announced a collaboration with the National Consortium of State-Operated Comprehensive Rehabilitation Centers (NCSOCRC) to help Americans with disabilities find meaningful employment at CVS Pharmacy locations across the country. The announcement coincides with the opening of a mock pharmacy at the Arkansas Career Training Institute (ACTI) in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

The new mock pharmacy at ACTI is one of eight locations the company will open by spring 2018, and the result of the collaboration with NCSOCRC. In addition to two locations which previously opened in Fishersville, Va. and Johnstown, Pa., CVS Health plans to support mock pharmacy training facilities in Baltimore, Md., Plainwell, Mich., Smyrna, Tenn., Warm Springs, Ga., and Thelma, Ky.

Through the mock CVS Pharmacy locations, individuals with disabilities receive classroom and hands-on training in life and job skills such as providing customer service, stocking shelves and working at the cash register. Each center is installed with mock equipment and participants work closely with trained staff to learn about the roles and responsibilities of front store and pharmacy technician positions. Individuals who complete the program qualify to apply for a position at CVS Pharmacy.

The first mock pharmacy location of this kind opened at the Wilson Workforce and Rehabilitation Center in Fishersville, Va. in April 2016. Since its opening, 41 participants have completed the program and 11 have been hired for employment with CVS Pharmacy.

Kaylee Merrick, a 2016 graduate of the program, now works for CVS Pharmacy in Northern Virginia. When asked about her job, she said, ” (CVS) has open arms to anyone and they have a lot of patience. It’s always a joy to see (my regular customers) and interact with them, it’s been amazing!”

“CVS Health is focused on breaking down the employment barriers that individuals with disabilities face, which these facilities help to achieve,” said David Casey, Vice President, Workforce Strategies and Chief Diversity Officer, CVS Health. “We are proud to be working with the NCSOCRC to help people with disabilities access the security and prosperity that stable jobs can provide.”

“Our consortium is charged with providing people with disabilities with opportunities for competitive employment within multiple sectors of the Nation’s workforce,” said Jonathan Bibb, President of NCSOCRC and Director of ACTI. “Working with CVS Health provides the people we serve with direct access to great careers in health care, along with the support of business leaders with proven records of innovation and inclusion. This is the new definition of business engagement.”

About CVS Health

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Carrefour updates on its various initiatives to promote the employment of people with disabilities

Carrefour’s employment rate of people with disabilities has increased by 21.3% over four years

Boulogne-Billancourt, 2016-Dec-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — To celebrate International Disability Day on 3 December, Carrefour is taking stock of its various initiatives to promote the employment of people with disabilities. Currently, more than 11,000 disabled people work for Carrefour. That’s an increase of 21.3% between 2011 and 2015, and the figure rose by 7.1% in 2015 alone.

Carrefour – a company that accepts people with disabilities in all of the countries in which it operates

A founder member of the ILO’s Global Disability Network in 2011, Carrefour takes action at local level in order to help people with disabilities get onto the job markets of all of the countries in which it operates. With some 11,200 employees with disabilities, Carrefour implements major initiatives which go beyond legal requirements. These initiatives have a tangible positive impact. The share of disabled people it employs increased by 21.3% between 2011 and 2015, and by 7.1% in 2015 alone.

Here are some examples of the initiatives it has deployed:

. In France, with 4000 disabled employees, 6.3% of the people it employs in supermarkets and 6.7% of the people it employs in hypermarkets (as many as 14% in some) have some form of disability. The “Mission Handicap” agreement was first entered into in 1999 and has been renewed six times since.

. In Brazil, all Carrefour stores employ people with disabilities. Carrefour has deployed the “Eu pratico a inclusão” (I support inclusion) programme, together with the “Meu amigo e especial” (My friend is special) scheme to help them integrate into the company. This proactive policy has increased the number of disabled employees to 1600 – nearly 300 of whom were hired in 2015.

. In Belgium, Carrefour launched the “Duo Day” programme in 2015, set up in partnership with the AWIPH (Walloon agency for the integration of disabled persons). Under this scheme, employees are asked to work in tandem with a disabled person for several days. The campaign is an opportunity for people with disabilities to find out about life in the workplace, and to raise people’s awareness of how these people – who are full of potential – can be employed.

. In Poland, Carrefour employs 600 employees with disabilities – 5% of its total workforce. Stores work closely alongside the Ekon association which was set up to help people find or return to employment in its partner companies (one of which is Carrefour).

Furthermore, Carrefour gives its disabled customers the same level of attention, and has created a number of services designed to help them do their shopping. For example, Carrefour Belgium provides blind people and people with reduced mobility with support while they shop. Carrefour France welcomes guide dogs and supports the associations which train them, so that they can familiarise themselves with public places.

“Invisible” disability is also an area in which Carrefour is taking action

In July, Carrefour entered into an agreement with France’s Armed Services to provide military personnel physiologically or psychologically wounded in the line of duty with immersion traineeships. The aim is to give them guidance in finding a new civilian career and offer them appropriate retraining. Military personnel can carry out traineeships for periods of up to six months. They may then be offered either a fixed-term contract, or a permanent contract. So far, Carrefour has provided four soldiers wounded in the line of duty with traineeships.

Following on from a partnership entered into with the Ninsun Project association and Autistic Children without Borders (designed to facilitate the schooling of autistic children and teenagers), Carrefour is helping young adults with autism and Asperger’s syndrome to get onto the job market, working alongside the Ass des As association. Carrefour’s recruitment managers meet the families, provide them with information about the various jobs on offer and arrange coaching sessions (interview practice, etc.).

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Kesko will employ approximately 5,000 employees this summer

HELSINKI, Finland, 2015-2-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — This summer, K-retailers and Kesko will employ approximately 5,000 summer employees. The number is about the same as last year. The K-Group is one of the biggest summer employers in Finland.

Most of the summer jobs to young people and students in the K-Group are offered by K-food stores. Summer is the high season for building and home improvement stores, which also hire seasonal employees for yard and garden departments. Kesko, for its part, employs summer staff for warehouses for example.

“The total number is divided so that K-retailers hire slightly less than 4,000 people and Kesko Group with its subsidiaries more than 1,000 summer employees,” says Anu Haapoja, Kesko Corporation’s Recruitment Specialist.

In retail stores, the duties of young people mainly consist of shelving, keeping the store neat and tidy, and customer service. Particularly in small stores duties get more varied and involve more responsibility is given as the summer goes on and the employee learns more.

“We K-Group people share enthusiasm in retailing and a retailer approach, which is reflected in the positive attitude of getting things done, readiness to take responsibility and opportunities to influence on how work is done,” Haapoja says, listing some important features of applicants.

Most of the summer employees start in June. The summer job season starts in May and continues until the last weeks of August.

Many paths to employment

Kesko and K-stores employ young people through many different channels. The ‘Learn and earn’ summer training programme gives experience in the trading sector to the very youngest. Many retailers also recruit students to perform on-the-job learning periods included in their studies. A training period well completed may continue as a job in the store. Kesko and K-stores also participate in the Youth Guarantee. Between August 2013 and December 2014, the K-Group employed nearly 2,000 people in the target group of the Youth Guarantee.

“Annually, Kesko and K-stores employ around 10,000 people aged under 30 in Finland”, Haapoja says.

Further information: Head of HRM Mikko Myyryläinen puh.+358 10 53 22872

Further information about the employment of young people in Kesko and K-stores at

Kesko is one of the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World. We are a retail specialist whose chains have about 2,000 stores in the Nordic and Baltic countries, Russia, and Belarus. Our stores offer quality to the daily lives of consumers.