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National Careers Service helping local people get jobs at Grand Central Development

16 June 2015

The National Careers Service is working in partnership with the Birmingham Growth Alliance Partnership and the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to support Birmingham residents to secure employment through Grand Central Development, the new shopping destination in the city.

All job applicants will be offered careers advice and guidance, and signposted to any appropriate training.
Birmingham’s Jobs and Skills Charter sets out the commitment of John Lewis, Network Rail and Birmingham City Council to work together so that Birmingham residents, particularly the young and unemployed, gain improved access to more than 1,000 new jobs created through this development.

The National Careers Service and DWP have been promoting these opportunities, with events and workshops planned in all Jobcentres in the city. Their role is to:

  • Support customers to carry out a skills health check
  • Help customers to apply for vacancies and training opportunities
  • Involve retail and hospitality employers in helping customers understand the local job market
  • Assist customers to improve their interview skills through role play.

Richard Brown, Grand Central Development Director, said: “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”.

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

Grand Central Birmingham will be anchored by a 250,000 sq. ft John Lewis store, the largest outside London, which will provide around three-quarters of the thousand opportunities available.

Many local people, including a number of apprentices, have already been involved in the construction of Grand Central and New Street Station, supporting one of the city’s leading priorities: the creation of training, development and employment opportunities for people in Birmingham.

Grand Central Birmingham is due to open to the public in Autumn 2015.

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