Festive jobs boom at Fort Kinnaird benefits 350+

A festive jobs boom at Fort Kinnaird in Edinburgh has benefited more than 350 people over the Christmas period 

More than 350 people have benefited from a Christmas jobs boom at Fort Kinnaird in Edinburgh.
That’s according to the Fort Kinnaird Recruitment and Skills Centre, a unique private, public and third sector partnership designed to support employers and jobseekers, which says it dealt with a total of 540 positions for 49 employers during the Christmas recruitment season.
Over the nine-week period, it received 21,000 hits to its websites and more than 3000 online applications and CVs.
Fort Kinnaird retail park, Edinburgh
John Gibson, Business Development Manager at Fort Kinnaird Recruitment and Skills Centre, said: “We are absolutely delighted with the number of positions we were able to fill – both on behalf of the jobseekers and the employers looking to simplify the process of hiring seasonal staff.
“This is a very welcome jobs boost for the area and the skills gained in this period will undoubtedly support job seekers on their employment journey.”
Following the 2016 festive season, more than a third of Christmas ‘temps’ went on to secure permanent employment at Fort Kinnaird.
The leading shopping and leisure destination, which is home to more than 70 stores, is responsible for the employment of more than 2000 people (CHK).
Liam Smith, Centre Director at Fort Kinnaird, said: “It is fantastic news that our stores continue to grow and thrive. Appointing these additional team members is so important as we gear up for a very busy Christmas shopping season.
“We are incredibly proud of what has been achieved by our Recruitment and Skills Centre in terms of supporting job seekers and employers and know it has had the most tremendous impact.”
The Fort Kinnaird Recruitment and Skills Centre was launched more than three years ago and is supported by Fort Kinnaird owner British Land. It brings together Joined Up For Business Partners which include Capital City Partnership, City of Edinburgh Council (including Business Gateway), East Lothian Council, Midlothian Council, Edinburgh Cyrenians, Jobcentre Plus (Department of Work and Pensions) and Skills Development Scotland.
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