Development boom creates Leeds jobs boost

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New developments across Leeds have helped hundreds of people into work, new figures reveal.

Nearly 1,230 people secured employment and 57 young people joined apprenticeships in just over year.

And council chiefs hope almost 14,000 more new job opportunities will be created as a result of a string of major projects in the pipeline.

Major projects included the first direct arena, which saw 80 local residents secure construction jobs along with apprenticeships and work experience given to young people on site.

Residents also took up 210 of the 300 jobs available when the venue opened.

Nearly 55 Leeds residents were given construction jobs during the development of Trinity Leeds shopping centre.

Shops and businesses in the centre have also taken on 415 local residents since it opened.

Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, executive member for digital and creative technologies, culture and skills, said: “Everyone in Leeds has seen the massive difference that these major developments have made to the city.

“But as well as making Leeds a more vibrant and exciting place to live and visit, one of our key targets was also to ensure these projects would give local residents the opportunity to secure new jobs and play a big part in the huge success these developments have enjoyed.”

The jobs, which were secured between September 2012 and January 2014, were created as part of obligations set out either in Leeds City Council contracts or Section 106 agreements with the developers during the planning process.

Projections for the extension of the White Rose Shopping Centre indicate the scheme could support up to 50 construction jobs and up to 1,000 full and part-time retail and hospitality roles.

Phase one of the Victoria Gate retail development could create 700 construction jobs and 1,200 positions in retail and hospitality.


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