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Jerónimo Martins opens Incluir Centre in Porto

This Friday, 15 July, the Jerónimo Martins Group opens its second Incluir Centre. Located in Salgueiros, this Centre, like the one in Lisbon – next to the Telheiras hypermarket –, aims at recruiting, training and developing people with disabilities and thus improving their access to the labour market.

The Jerónimo Martins Group’s Incluir (“Include”) Centre follows an innovative training and development methodology, tailored to each trainee and adapted to the functions available within each of the Group’s business areas. The method was developed internally by the technical team dedicated to inclusion. The first phase of training will last two weeks and take place in the classroom, focusing on behaviour and relationship skills and practical training in the centre’s simulation store. This is followed by the second phase, where trainees will get on-the-job training over the course of ten weeks. They will be monitored by tutors – employees charged with monitoring and training each trainee in the workplace – and the Inclusion team. After completing these two phases, trainees will be ready to be employed by the Group companies.

According to Marta Maia, Chief People Officer at the Jerónimo Martins Group, “the idea for the Incluir Centre stemmed from our experience with the Incluir Programme, which aims at boosting the employability of people who are at a disadvantage in accessing the labour market and which, since 2015, has already allowed us to create more than 800 job opportunities. In 2022, we have created 156 job opportunities for people with disabilities.
Encouraged by the success of the Incluir Centre in Lisbon, which, since its inauguration at the end of 2021 and despite the constraints caused by the pandemic, has already trained more than 70 people, and especially by the testimonials of those who have trained there, we decided to go ahead with the construction of this new Centre in Salgueiros, in Porto.”

An inclusive centre open to the community
The Incluir Centre was built from scratch, taking different disabilities into account: signage and fonts that make it easier for people with low vision to read them, touch screens and texts in braille for the blind, colour codes for people who are colour-blind, and noise cancelling headphones for autistic people, for example.

To strengthen the culture of inclusion in society in general, the Salgueiros Incluir Centre is a space open to the community and can be visited by appointment, made by sending an e-mail to incluir@jeronimo-martins.com. The centre will also host various conferences and debates, and hold alternating exhibitions of art created by people with disabilities.

The Salgueiros Incluir Centre is already receiving applications through the Incluir Programme Application platform and via the e-mail incluir@jeronimo-martins.com and the first participants will start training next week, on 18 July.