Get to ‘The Point’ for advice and help with jobs and skills

A new centre is opening at the White Rose Shopping Centre to offer people advice on jobs and access to learning and skills training .

Leeds City Council in partnership with Leeds City College, Land Securities, Job Centre Plus and the National Careers Service are opening the learning centre, known as ‘The Point’ on Thursday 11th October.

The centre will be focused on providing opportunities and skills required in the retail , hospitality , customer care sectors with information on training and learning programmes as well as advice specific to the sector.

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All media are invited to the official opening of The Point on Thursday 11th October at 9:15am at the White Rose Centre. Councillor Adam Ogilvie and representatives from Land Securities and Leeds City College will be available for interview. Please call the press office on 0113 247 4450 to arrange attendance.

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The Point will offer a wide range of learning and skills opportunities including those in retail ,hospitality, customer service and security. The Point will support your development, build your confidence and help you move into employment or further training, practical help with jobsearches and information on the range of job and training opportunities will also available.

Councillor Adam Ogilvie, Leeds City Council executive board member with responsibility for skills said:

“The Point will provide an excellent new resource which will provide communities across the city access to intelligence on the increasing retail opportunities which have been generated as a result of the significant investment in the city. The Point will look at ways in which local people can benefit from the diverse jobs market and range of expertise available within the local area and the White Shopping Rose Centre.

“I would encourage anyone who wants to find out more about getting into the retail sector to visit The Point for useful information and advice on the next steps.”

Land Securities’ retail operations director Alison Niven, said:

“We are delighted to be partners in this important initiative, which is being launched at a time when more and more people are seeking employment.”

“Over the past 12 years the centre has worked closely with Leeds City Council, schools and colleges, to provide a range of innovative education and training facilities, designed to increase educational attainment among school children and improve employment prospects for adults. The opening of The Point is a natural progression of this work. ”

Craig Busby, head of faculty for management and professional studies at Leeds City College, said:

“The Point will offer fantastic opportunities for people to train in a wide variety of programmes, all of which will help them to develop outstanding skills in retail and customer service and provide them with the best chances succeeding in this field. Leeds City College is delighted to be embarking on this exciting venture.”

For media enquiries, please contact;

Cat Milburn, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 247 4450

Email: Catherine.milburn@leeds.gov.uk