Promises of local jobs at Bradford's Westfield site 'being kept'

Advertising hoardings around the Broadway site for construction workers

Advertising hoardings around the Broadway site for construction workers

First published in News Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Photograph of the Author by , Aire/Worth Valley Reporter

Promises that the resurrection of Bradford’s Broadway would immediately bring new jobs for local people are being fulfilled, say council bosses.

One of the early economic dividends agreed with developer Westfield was a boost in local employment.

And while some specialised contractors have come in from outside the district, much of the work is being done by Bradford firms.

Mike Cowlam, the Council’s assistant director for regeneration and culture, said: “We have a Local Employment Delivery Plan agreed with Westfield for the construction phase of the development and there will be a further plan for retail.

“We can confirm that the Local Employment Delivery Plan was a requirement of the agreement with Westfield and we believe 75 new jobs will be created for the construction phase and are targeting local people for 50 of these jobs.

“The groundworks sub-contractor currently on site is Moortown, part of the Moortown group based on the Euroway Industrial estate in Bradford.”

Mr Cowlam said it was anticipated that an Apprenticeship Training Agency set up last year would supply approximately 15 apprentices to the project.

“We will be working with Westfield and JobCentre Plus to achieve these targets and the Council is leading on recruitment for the construction jobs.

“We have created an e-mail address for people to register their interest in jobs at Westfield which is westfield.recruitment@bradford.gov.uk.

“People can send their CV, work experience details and contact numbers to this e-mail address.”

Posters have also been put up on the hoardings surrounding the site to highlight how those without access to e-mail can express their interest.

Susan Hinchcliffe, Bradford Council’s executive member for employment, skills and culture said she was delighted by the arrival of fresh work chances.

She said: “I’m pleased that the Westfield development is already starting to bring economic opportunities and, importantly, jobs to Bradford.”

The construction stage of the shopping centre is expected to create about 1,500 jobs followed by about 2,500 retails jobs when it is in operation.

Comments (5)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

8:42am Tue 11 Feb 14

BierleyBoy says...

So construction will apparently create 1,500 jobs. Just 50 are targtetted at locals? 3% and not guaranteed?
So construction will apparently create 1,500 jobs. Just 50 are targtetted at locals? 3% and not guaranteed? BierleyBoy
  • Score: 3

8:57am Tue 11 Feb 14

alive and awake says...

do Eastern Europeans count as locals?
do Eastern Europeans count as locals? alive and awake
  • Score: -1

9:06am Tue 11 Feb 14

Joedavid says...

2500 retail jobs, but some of these will already be working now in the present branches of stores that will transfer into Westfield and present store close.
2500 retail jobs, but some of these will already be working now in the present branches of stores that will transfer into Westfield and present store close. Joedavid
  • Score: 2

10:21am Tue 11 Feb 14

Avro says...

It would be interesting to know how many of Bradford's long term jobless actually apply..
It would be interesting to know how many of Bradford's long term jobless actually apply.. Avro
  • Score: 3

10:44am Tue 11 Feb 14

yezboss says...

Most (not all) of Bradfords (and anywhere elses for that matter) long term 'unemployed' are 'unemployable'.
Most (not all) of Bradfords (and anywhere elses for that matter) long term 'unemployed' are 'unemployable'. yezboss
  • Score: 3

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree