Meadowhall will invest £100,000 in training Sheffield workers ahead of its proposed £300 million leisure hall extension.
Should city councillors grant planning permission for the major development, Meadowhall will begin a 'work-ready' programme to help people living nearby to take advantage of the job and business opportunities it would create.
The programme combines support for young people not in education, employment or training; pre-apprenticeship training; and help for businesses in the area to secure future contracts.
It will be run by The Source, an on-site recruitment and training centre created in partnership with the council.
It will focus primarily on people living in Darnall, Tinsley and Wincobank.
Meadowhall centre director Darren Pearce said: “This significant commitment to a work ready programme will ensure the local community is ready to access the employment opportunities the leisure hall will create.
"Working at a grass roots level, the three elements will not only build awareness of what will be available, but ensure the community has direct access to the opportunities, providing a head start to jobs, training and contracts.
"As the refurbishment demonstrates, many people and businesses benefit from investment in Meadowhall.”
The leisure hall will create up to 1,400 permanent jobs once completed and 550 temporary jobs during construction. It will include restaurants, a cinema, gym and bowling alley, covered by a huge glass roof.
Working with The Source, Meadowhall plans to focus employment opportunities on people living in the local area. It has set a target of filling 50 per cent of jobs locally, with up to 90 per cent from the wider Sheffield city region.
Sheffield South East MP Clive Betts said: “Ensuring the proposed leisure hall helps local people get work and businesses win contracts is a priority.
"Key, however, is making jobs easily available to people living in the community, particularly those in hard-to-engage areas.
"Building on the excellent work done by The Source, this investment by Meadowhall will provide people with the skills they need to be employed and is very welcome.”
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