Gloucester Services set to open on the southbound carriageway of the M5 motorway, job seekers have been urged to attend a recruitment event tomorrow.
Butchers, bakers, chefs and sales assistants roles are among the 300 jobs which will be created by the new service station.
Mark Gale, of the Gateway Trust, which runs the services with the Westmorland Family, said: “Before Gloucester Services on the northbound carriageway was built, nobody in our communities benefited from the 28 million vehicles which passed through the county each year.
“Now we have turned the M5 into a community asset, creating jobs for local people, supporting local food producers, over the next 20 years, we will be ploughing around £10million into sustainable community projects through our local charity partners.”
Dozens of jobs have already opened up at the northbound site for people who were unemployed or living in the trust’s target communities of Matson, Tuffley, Podsmead, White City and Stonehouse.
Matson mum Paula Cook was one of the first full-time employees in the new catering team.
The 39-year-old volunteered with the trust before applying for a job.
“It was ideal because it was local to me and it was a way to update my CV,” she said. “It also opened up the possibility of full-time work.”
After nine years at home bringing up her two children, Riva Packer, from Matson, was also keen to get a job.
“In a year of applying for jobs I had three interviews but I didn’t hear anything. It was so frustrating,” she said.
“Gloucester Services is such a positive thing for our community and there’s a real buzz about it. I hear a lot of people asking about jobs here – my neighbour is now applying to work here after I recommended it.”
Mike Hallam, 30, from Brockworth, was unemployed before he heard about a training course run by Gloucestershire College for the Gloucestershire Gateway Trust.
“The best thing was that if you completed the course, it guaranteed you an interview at Gloucester Services which was a real incentive,” he said. “In my old jobs, I was treated like a number but here you really feel you are part of a family.”
Everybody is welcome to the recruitment event at Gloucester Services, M5 northbound, from 4pm until 8pm tomorrow.