Hundreds of people have found work at White Rose Shopping Centre during 2013 and many more new jobs could follow.
Among the latest to find employment is a team of six car park assistants and three apprentices employed by OCS, the centre’s facilities management provider.
Gerald Jennings, portfolio director for Land Securities, which owns and manages White Rose, said: “We are delighted that new store and restaurant openings this year have created work opportunities, particularly for young people looking to get a foot on the employment ladder.”
As well as those employed by the stores and restaurants that have opened during the past 12 months, the car park assistants have been recruited to ensure the efficient use of parking spaces.
Mr Jennings said: “These new jobs are in addition to the 1,000 that will be created should we be successful in gaining planning permission for extension of White Rose, as more job opportunities for local people will come through the introduction of four further restaurants, a multi-screen cinema and extension of the Debenhams and Primark stores.”
Land Securities and White Rose, continue to work in liaison with other stakeholders to help people of all ages looking for work in the retail and leisure sectors.
The Point, which opened at White Rose in autumn 2012 in partnership with Leeds City Council, Job Centre Plus and Leeds City College, is providing help, guidance and training for people seeking employment.
Among those to find work at the centre through this route is OCS apprentice Liam Lightowler (pictured back, left). Meanwhile, Dan Emmett (pictured back, second from left) an award winning fourth year apprentice employed by NG Bailey, has successfully completed his training in complex building management at White Rose and will be moving on to a permanent position with his company in the New Year, when fellow apprentice Nathan Waters will be joining the on-site NG Bailey team at the centre.