1/18/2010 5:22:00 PM
Best Buy starts recruiting ahead of UK launch
Best Buy has been recruiting to fill the 100 jobs it will create ahead of the launch of its first retail store.
A careers open day took place on 16 January in Southampton for the first store, which is set to open in the Hedge End area of the city. Another store will open in Merry Hill in the West Midlands in spring 2010.
The company has also announced that it create up to 8,000 jobs in the UK over the next five years.
Recruits will be enrolled in the company’s ‘blue shirt academy’, where they will be trained on consumer technology for nine weeks.
Best Buy CEO of branded operations, Paul Antoniadis said: ‘We are really pleased to begin the recruitment drive for our first stores and are looking forward to meeting the talented individuals that we hope will apply for the thousands of opportunities we plan to create across the UK. We’re very proud of our “Blue Shirt” training programme, a fun 9 week course, which encourages the development of really enthusiastic and customer focused employees.’
Meanwhile, Best Buy has unveiled a new UK website, which includes buying guides and blogs from the CEO and store managers.