Meadowhall pledges to employ local people if expansion gets green light

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Meadowhall bosses have pledged to ensure Sheffield benefits from its expansion plan if it gets the go-ahead.

They want to build a £300 million leisure hall at the shopping mall and have submitted plans for the development to Sheffield Council.

If planning permission is granted around 550 temporary jobs would be created during the construction phase and another 1,400 once the hall opens - adding to the 8,500 people already employed at the shopping centre.

Meadowhall would aim to recruit 25 per cent of the construction workforce from Sheffield and 30 per cent from the from the region postcodes.

Three per cent of the construction jobs would be made available for apprentices.

The vast majority of the leisure hall jobs would go to local people.

Darren Pearce, Meadowhall's centre director, said: “Our vision is to ensure that throughout the construction and operational phases of the leisure hall, local people have access to jobs, training opportunities, traineeships and apprenticeships, and employers can access a suitably qualified, skilled and experienced workforce.

"Local businesses will also have access to supply chain opportunities, and contractors and occupiers will be connected to appropriate local suppliers.

"We are committed to the community and will ensure significant benefits are delivered by the leisure hall.”