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SkillsHouse Retail Academy is launched in Bradford

Bradford – SkillsHouse Bradford Retail Academy is being officially launched in the city centre on Monday, June 1, to link local people to the increasing number of job opportunities being generated in the city centre now that the Broadway shopping centre by Westfield is near to opening.

The one-stop shop is being launched by Bradford Council with the support of businesses, JobCentre Plus, colleges and other training providers to ensure the District’s residents have the right skills to take up employment opportunities that become available, not just in the Broadway but in the wider Bradford district and beyond.

An event is being held at Forsters Bistro overlooking City Park to raise awareness of SkillsHouse and to create a networking opportunity for those attending.

Around 100 guests will be attending including representatives from businesses such as Debenhams and Marks & Spencer, business intermediaries and learning providers.

Cllr Susan Hinchcliffe
Cllr Susan Hinchcliffe

Coun Susan Hinchcliffe, Bradford Council’s portfolio holder for Education, Skills and Culture will host the event which will include talks from Terry Davis, Interim Assistant Director for Client Services within Children’s Services at the Council; Kerry Robinson, the newly-appointed SkillsHouse Manager; Sue Anderson-Brown of Westfield, The Broadway development’s new Centre Manager, and James Kundi, the centre’s Marketing Manager.

Coun Susan Hinchcliffe said: “We wanted to create a central point where people could come and get the best possible advice on training and development opportunities.

“The regeneration which is happening in the city is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for our local economy and it’s important that we connect local people to this success.

“We have been working hard with local colleges and a wide variety of training providers to ensure local people are equipped with quality and up-to-date skills so we can offer a pool of people who are pre-trained, enthusiastic and ready-to-work.

“SkillsHouse is all about meeting the needs of local employers and boosting the chances of potential employees throughout the district of having a career right on their doorstep.

“The bottom line is that we want to see businesses growing and prospering in Bradford, and to do that they need good, quality staff.”

Sue Anderson-Brown said: “When The Broadway opens later this year, it will create around 2,500 jobs in Bradford, along with the 1,500 it has generated during construction.

“A key part of filling these roles is ensuring that local people get the training and support they need.

“That’s why I’m delighted to see SkillsHouse launch. The support SkillsHouse offers will help to make sure that local people have the right training, the right skills and the right experience so they can take full advantage of the fantastic job opportunities that will become available in The Broadway over the coming months.”

SkillsHouse is largely supporting the retail, hospitality and visitor economy businesses in the Bradford District. It is part of the National Skills Academy for Retail UK-wide network of skills shops.

It will focus on providing skills in retail, hospitality, warehousing, distribution and logistics, passenger transport, business support and facilities management.

SkillsHouse can help businesses develop personnel specifications and provide online recruitment facilities to obtain the right staff, and the Academy can also help job seekers with their applications and offer pre-interview training.

For help with job and training opportunities, please email kerry.robinson@skillshousebradford.co.uk  or linda.wilson@skillshousebradford.co.uk or call 01274 432605 and to browse vacancies and upload CVs people can visit www.skillshousebradford.co.uk

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