Grand Central shopping centre recruitment campaign to fill 1,000 jobs

John Lewis is set to be one of more than 40 stores and cafes when it becomes the anchor tenant of the Grand Central development at Birmingham New Street station in 2015.

John Lewis is set to be one of more than 40 stores and cafes when it becomes the anchor tenant of the Grand Central development at Birmingham New Street station in 2015.

A recruitment drive has begun to fill a thousand jobs being created as part of the transformation of the shopping centre above Birmingham’s New Street train station.

Jobs in customer service, retail and hospitality will be on offer to the city’s unemployed as business chiefs gear up to unveil the newly named Grand Central Birmingham.

The £150 million centre, formerly known as The Pallasades, will be packed with big name retailers – including flagship store John Lewis.

Over half of the 1,000 jobs on offer at the new shops and restaurants will be at the 250,000 sq ft John Lewis store, which will be one of the retailer’s biggest stores outside of London.

The Birmingham Growth Alliance Partnership has been set up in a bid to ensure that the jobs created through Grand Central will be won by “local people”.

Shilpi Akbar, co-chairman of the partnership, said: “With over 1,000 jobs being created at Grand Central, this partnership is committed to reflect Birmingham’s diverse community and showcase the skills of the city’s jobseekers.

“Our work to date has been to develop and co-ordinate high quality training across the city in the customer service, retail and hospitality sectors to ensure unemployed people have access to the range of job opportunities which will arise from Grand Central.”

Construction has now begun on the final phase of the major new shopping and dining destination, which is due to open in September.

The half a million square feet space is intended to be an equivalent to shopping destinations such as Buchanan Street in Glasgow, the Victoria Quarter in Leeds, and The Hayes in Cardiff.

It is already at 85 per cent occupancy. Among those who have signed up to be part of it are Office Shoes, Paperchase, TM Lewin, Blott, The White Company, Joules, Cath Kidston, Kiehls, L’Occitane, Fat Face, The Perfume Shop, Carphone Warehouse, Newsflow and Monsoon Accessorize, Ed’s Easy Diner, Carluccio’s, Giraffe, Pho, Caffe Concerto, Handmade Burger Co, Yo! Sushi, Tapas Revolution, Square Pie, Crepe Affaire, Tortilla, Nandos and Costa.

Richard Brown, director of the development, added: “Grand Central is committed to providing local jobs for local people.

“We want to ensure that the opportunities created by the new development are accessible to all and benefit Birmingham.

“The investment John Lewis has made to Birmingham further supports the growth of the city and maximises the opportunities available for local people to work for a leading premium retail brand.”

Lisa Williams, head of branch at John Lewis Birmingham, said: “We have been working alongside the partnership for almost two years to develop a pre-employment training package dedicated to ensuring the jobs created by our new shop are accessible to the local community.

“Our aim as an employer is to reflect the community in which we trade and we’re really excited to welcome new partners to the John Lewis Birmingham team in the coming months.”

A jobs roadshow will be held throughout this month, with events promoting employment and training opportunities for Grand Central being staged at all 14 of the city’s Jobcentres, as well as a variety of community venues.

• Anyone wishing to apply for a job needs to register with the National Careers Service. For more details visit http://dev.grandcentralbirmingham.com/get-in-touch/recruitment/

• To apply for a role or to register for job alerts at John Lewis visit http://jlpjobs.com/

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