John Lewis has received thousands of applications in response to job vacancies for its new shop in Leeds, due to open later this year.
John Lewis Leeds will be the retailer’s most service-led shop when it opens in autumn 2016, receiving over 3,600 applications for the 550 full-time and part-time jobs advertised.
The recruitment drive, which forms part of John Lewis’ on-going commitment to the city, has seen the retailer work alongside Leeds City Council and Hammerson to sign an Employment and Skills Charter, marking a pledge to support Leeds residents in accessing more than 1,000 new employment opportunities.
James Prince, head of branch at John Lewis Leeds, said: “We’ve had such an incredible response to the recruitment drive so far, which gives me confidence that we will have an exceptional team of Partners in John Lewis Leeds.
“This drive has been one of the most popular recruitment campaigns I’ve seen and I’m encouraged by the response from the local community and surrounding areas. The Partnership offers fantastic opportunities to progress and move up the career ladder and my focus will now be on helping to build the ideal team for our first shop in Leeds.”
Successful applicants will become Partners and co-owners of the business, and will receive a host of benefits including an annual bonus as well as access to holiday and leisure facilities. They will also benefit from the Partnership’s lifelong learning approach to career development, ensuring that every person can fulfil their potential at work.
John Lewis Leeds will be the retailer’s third shop to open in Yorkshire. Representing a £37m investment in Leeds, the 255,000 sq ft site will anchor Hammerson’s Victoria Gate development and will become part of the wider Victoria estate at its launch later this year. The shop will feature more than 350,000 products across fashion, home and technology.