Twenty-three people have graduated from an intense two week course at Lincoln College and will take up jobs at the new Tesco store on Wragby Road.
The supermarket chain is creating 80 new posts when it moves stores and more than a quarter of those have been reserved for local people who have been unemployed for more than six months.
The new recruits were recommended by Jobcentre Plus based on their attitudes rather than formal qualifications.
And after completing the course, which focused on retail and food hygiene qualifications, they will take on a host of roles at the new store when it opens on May 15.
David Waldron, Lincoln store manager, said: “Unemployment is a real problem in Lincoln and in these tough times it’s great that we are able to create jobs for our local community and help get people back into work.
"Many of the new colleagues joining us through the scheme have been unemployed for some time, and it is really inspiring to see how much gaining a job with us means to them and their families.
"I can’t wait to start working with them to serve customers at our exciting new store.”