£160m shopping outlet village dubbed 'Bicester of the Midlands' needs 1,000 workers – how to apply for a job
Written by The Newsroom on July 29, 2019
A massive new designer outlet village, dubbed the ‘Bicester Village of the Midlands’, is looking for staff ahead of its opening.
The £160 million McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Village, formerly known as Mill Green, in Cannock, opens next year.
The grand opening is planned for 2020, when more than 80 stores will launch together with restaurants and cafes, a children’s play area and 1,400 parking spaces and views over Mill Green Nature Reserve.
The village will cover 26,500 square metres of retail space and be home to 130 discount designer shops, together with restaurants, cafes and a children’s play area.
Architects are said to be taking inspiration from the surrounding area to create a “retail destination with a distinctive identity”.
McArthurGlen has r said that the centre will be home to ‘premium and luxury brands’.
The development is hoping to attract designer brands such as Boss, Jack Wills, Ralph Lauren, Superdry and Cath Kidston and it is expected more than three million people will shop there in a year.
To help those looking for work but who don’t know where to start, the Access to Retail Employability Programme has been set up by Walsall College to connect people to the designer outlet.
Over two weeks, trainees will be taught how retail works and an understanding of “brand image and the customer experience”.
Cannock Chase Council, Cannock Job Centre Plus and McArthurGlen are all supporting the college programme.
John Ralston, McArthurGlen’s regional operations director for the UK, France and Belgium, said: “Our new designer outlet will be a major visitor attraction in the West Midlands when it opens next year, generating 1,000 jobs for the local area and supporting around £20 million of employment income every year.
“We’re delighted to be partnering with Walsall College and Cannock Chase District Council to launch this employment programme, helping local people get the skills they need to benefit from the range of opportunities we’ll be creating but also elsewhere in the retail sector.”
Debbie Illidge, senior curriculum leader at the college, said: ” The McArthurGlen Designer Outlet is set to be one of the area’s biggest employers so it makes sense for them to start identifying potential staff to embody their retail and customer-service values.
“Recruiting individuals directly from the area is a fantastic way of investing in local skills and we are pleased to take a lead role in this.”
After completing the programme, trainees will kept informed of recruitment opportunities coming up at the outlet in the near future.
The academy also provides basic IT, CSCS and apprenticeship training on site, reports DerbyshireLive.
Anyone wanting to register for the retail employability programme is asked to call 01922 657000 or visit www.walsallcollege.ac.uk/cannock
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