Tesco has announced that it will give employees who want to become foster carers up to five days paid leave for training under a new agreement with the Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers this week.
Prospective foster carers will be able use the time to complete the fostering application process, attend foster care-related meetings or complete specialised training, the retail union said.
David Holmes, chief executive of the British Association of Fostering and Adoption, welcomed the move.
“Children in care need dedicated, well trained foster carers are we are delighted to see Tesco encouraging their staff to become foster carers and recognising the commitment and time this involves,” he said.
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