John Lewis has signed a charter with Network Rail and Birmingham City Council in a bid to help local people access jobs created by the development of the Grand Central Birmingham shopping centre.
The jobs and skills charter will give local people access to more than 1,000 jobs being created by the development, which will be anchored by a 250,000 sq ft John Lewis department store and is due to open in autumn 2014.
The retailer will work with local colleges and universities, training providers as well as specialist agencies including Jobcentre Plus, the Skills Funding Agency and National Apprenticeship Service.
“Our aim as an employer is to reflect the community in which we trade and I am delighted to sign this charter, which underlines our commitment to providing local jobs for local people,” said John Lewis managing director Andy Street.
“We want to ensure that the opportunities created by the new Grand Central development are accessible to all and benefit Birmingham and we look forward to welcoming new Partners into our business.”
Sir Albert Bore leader of Birmingham City Council added: “This is another illustration of our commitment to helping local people into work.”