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21.01.13

Jobs charter signed for Birmingham

Birmingham City Council, John Lewis and Network Rail have signed a ‘Jobs and Skills charter’ to help people to access more than 1,000 new jobs created by the Grand Central Birmingham shopping centre and New Street station.

John Lewis will provide three-quarters of the new jobs available.

The Charter commits the organisations to work with local colleges, universities and training providers, to support the growth of Birmingham.

Sir Albert Bore, leader of Birmingham City Council said: “This is another illustration of our commitment to helping local people into work.”

Andy Street, managing director of John Lewis, said: “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.”

Dyan Crowther, Network Rail Route managing director added: “The redevelopment of Birmingham New Street will transform the experience for the thousands of passengers who use the station every day and allow it to handle the ever increasing numbers of people who want to use the railways.

“This investment in our transport infrastructure will also give John Lewis and Grand Central the opportunity to offer exciting new retail opportunities in the heart of the city, helping to stimulate regeneration and create one thousand new jobs. We’re delighted to be working alongside Birmingham City Council and John Lewis to open up those opportunities to the local community.”

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