Citizen editor: 400 applications for 10 Costa jobs is sign of the times
IT is a definite sign of the times when 400 people go for just 10 jobs in a coffee shop.
That is a staggering number of applications for the positions and it comes on the back of the news hundreds went for the vacancies at Asda and Tesco as well.
It indicates there is still a very real need for employment opportunities in the city even if the official figures show a rise in the number of people in work.
Yet in real terms, these experiences by the chains show there is still some way to go.
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Job fairs such as the ones organised by MP Richard Graham are certainly a step in the right direction to match up the right people with the right employment but more does need to be done.
On the flipside, the very presence of these chains here means there is growing confidence in the economy of the city to sustain their business and hopefully more investment will follow. After all, despite it being the ninth Costa for the city, it is still good to see the unit at King's Walk filled with a vibrant business.
WHEN it comes to our health service, we pay our tax and national insurance and we hope that when we are in our hour of need the NHS is there for us – and it is on the whole.
For every letter hitting out at the care someone has received we get the same number, if not more, from readers wanting to thank the NHS for their treatment.
But while we know the health service is under pressure, the fact the ambulance trust is missing its targets is worrying.
Steve Lydon is right, patients do deserve better. These missed targets means it has taken too long to transport someone when in an emergency every second counts.
SO, politicians in Westminster are getting a taste of Gloucestershire with a pint of Gloucester Gold.
It is not the first time a county ale has made it to the Strangers' Bar but it is a first for the city and it is great to see Gloucester Brewery getting the exposure it deserves.