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Work Grand Central – The Birmingham Growth Alliance Partnership

The Birmingham Growth Alliance Partnership (BGAP) has been established to capitalise on job opportunities that will be created through Grand Central Birmingham and the wider City Centre to ensure that the people of Birmingham have improved chances to access to the large number of retail, hospitality and customer service vacancies being created in 2015.

Partners are: John Lewis, Network Rail, Retail Birmingham, Department for Work and Pensions, Skills Funding Agency, National Apprenticeship Service, National Careers Service, Birmingham City Council and Solihull Council.

The Jobs and Skills Charter below demonstrates the commitment of partners to jointly maximise access for Birmingham residents, particularly those from priority groups to all jobs, skills and training opportunities that flow from the development.

Birmingham Growth Alliance Partnership

The Birmingham Growth Alliance Partnership has been established to capitalise on job opportunities that will be created through Grand Central Birmingham and the wider city centre to ensure that the people of Birmingham have improved chances to access these vacancies.

Partners are: John Lewis, Birmingham City Council, Network Rail, Retail Birmingham, Department for Work and Pensions, Skills Funding Agency and National Apprenticeship Service.

The Jobs and Skills Charter below demonstrates the commitment of partners to jointly maximise access for Birmingham residents, particularly those from priority groups to all jobs, skills and training opportunities that flow from the development.


Working at Grand Central Birmingham – ‘gateway’ to jobs and training for jobseekers

There is expected to be over 1,000 new job opportunities at Grand Central Birmingham and wider City Centre employers, predominately in retail, hospitality and customer service. If you are a jobseeker wishing to apply for training and job opportunities leading up to the opening of Grand Central, then you will need to register your interest with the National Careers Service – details are below. Once registered, you will receive a ‘skills health check’, careers advice and other support including referral to additional training to help move into employment.

Registering with NCS will make it possible for you to be selected for the Work GrandCentral Excellence Training Programme and upon successful completion, be part of the Work Grand Central ‘talent pool’ where employers will select people for interviews. Entry into the ‘talent pool’ will also provide opportunities with other major retail and hospitality employers.

To register with the Grand Central Access Point go to the:National Careers Service

please state that you would like to register for Grand Central Birmingham.

This access point should be used by all jobseekers wishing to be supported through the Birmingham Growth Alliance Partnership pathways.

Work Grand Central Excellence Training Programme

This 2 week work readiness programme will have ‘Service Excellence’ at the heart of delivery and will be delivered wiith the needs of the Grand Central Employers in mind. The Work Grand Central Excellence programme will begin in March 2015 in venues across Birmingham, and will be delivered to approximately 1,500 candidates. The programme will include SMILEBirmingham, a John Lewis and Network Rail approved initiative around customer service. SMILE Birmingham is a new way of working for the City Centre and visitor economy which enhances the retail and hospitality experience for customers.

Already working

Please email us at workgrandcentral@birmingham.gov.uk along with your CV and we will keep you updated with the recruitment process for Grand Central employers.

Information for Providers

BGAP is co-ordinating a multi-agency approach, actively encouraging local training and community based organisations to engage with and prepare jobseekers for roles at Grand Central and in the wider retail, hospitality and customer service sectors in Birmingham.

Packages of shorter and extended in-training support matched to individual needs will be available and we are keen to hear from any providers who can offer jobseekers opportunities and/or are willing to promote Work Grand Central. Email us at workgrandcentral@birmingham.gov.uk or telephone 0121 464 7731.

If you have candidates that are interested in working at Grand Central, then please register them with the National Careers Service so they can be supported through the Grand Central recruitment pathways.


We are also now providing regular bulletins about the progress of the partnership and experiences of those who have secured jobs.

Contact Us

If you have any queries on the Birmingham Growth Alliance Partnership please contact:

workgrandcentral@birmingham.gov.uk

Tel 0121 464 7731

See good news stories from the construction phase of new New Street Station.

You may also be interested in visiting the websites below for further information on employment and training opportunities:

www.gov.uk/jobs-jobsearch

www.apprenticeships.org.uk/

Find out more about the work of the Employment Access Team here.
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Last Updated : 29th January 2015