700 jobs at St Enoch centre

09 Sep 2009

A major jobs boost for Glasgow has been unveiled with the launch of the latest phase of a partnership between St. Enoch Centre and Scotland's leading employment and regeneration agencies.

Glasgow City Council leader Steven Purcell joined St. Enoch's General Manager Susan Nicol to announce that up to 700 new retail jobs will be created as a result of the St. Enoch Working initiative.

As St. Enoch's owners Ivanhoe Cambridge enter the final stages of their £100 million redevelopment programme, the project will see a coordinated approach to recruitment at the Centre which brings together Glasgow's Regeneration Agencies, Glasgow Works, JobCentre Plus and Skills Development Scotland.

With the countdown to the busy Christmas season under way, world-famous toy store Hamleys is already preparing for the opening of its first UK store outside London at St. Enoch and other top brands such as H&M, Henleys, Costa Coffee, Folli Follie and Pulp will also be opening major new stores. In addition, existing anchor retailers Boots, Debenhams and Dorothy Perkins are investing heavily to enhance their stores within the Centre.

Ivanhoe Cambridge has provided a shop unit on the upper level of St. Enoch Centre which will act as a dedicated focus for the project and, from today, jobseekers can fill in applications for a wide range of full and part-time positions online at the St. Enoch Working office.

St. Enoch Working will also be offering help and advice on preparing job applications and will shortly be launching a programme of training sessions for Centre staff across a variety of areas.

The project will be managed by Glasgow West Regeneration Agency (GWRA) with support from the other partners.

This latest phase of St. Enoch Working follows on from the partnership established with GWRA last year which looked to take advantage of construction-related opportunities generated through the redevelopment. As a result of phase one of the programme, a number of new jobs have already been created with the project's contractors.

Susan Nicol, General Manager of St. Enoch Centre, said: "From the earliest stages of our redevelopment programme one of our key aims has been to open doors to a wide range of skills and employment options for the local community.

"In this next phase of St. Enoch Working, the emphasis will be on recruitment assistance for new retailers as well as additional recruitment and training opportunities for existing retailers.

"With over 2,500 people working in the Centre, St. Enoch has been a major employer in Glasgow since it first opened its doors in 1989.  We have been synonymous with the huge growth and success of Glasgow retail and, as we near the completion of our redevelopment programme, I'm delighted that, with the assistance of our partners on St. Enoch Working, we will be able to maintain and enhance our support for the local community.

 

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