New website launched to help people find retail jobs

Date: 09/03/2016

​Ref: PR 6194

Wakefield's first dedicated retail recruitment website – www.flair4retail.co.uk – has been launched in partnership between Wakefield Council, Jobcentre Plus, Trinity Walk and The Ridings Shopping Centre to help more people into work.

Flair4Retail advertises vacancies at both The Ridings Shopping Centre and Trinity Walk. Once registered on the website, people will be able to apply for jobs and upload their CVs. 

The website is also designed to help businesses because Jobcentre Plus will upload vacancies to the site, manage a 'talent pool' of applicants, and will shortlist candidates for interviews - saving retailers valuable time so they can focus more time on their stores.

In the coming months Flair4Retail will be expanded to include businesses from across Wakefield city centre, before supporting businesses across the wider district.

Flair4Retail was launched by Councillor Denise Jeffery, Wakefield Council's Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for Economic Growth and Skills, Jobcentre Plus's West Yorkshire District Manager Ian Hunter, Centre Manager of Trinity Walk Cormac Hamilton, and Centre Manager at the Ridings Centre Eileen Holroyd.

Cllr Jeffery said: "The Flair4Retail website is an excellent example of how we are supporting people into employment, and is one of many ways we can offer support to businesses based within our district.

"We hope that jobseekers and businesses will make the most of it."

Ian Hunter said: "We are delighted to be part of such an exciting collaboration between Jobcentre Plus, Wakefield Council and the two shopping centres in Wakefield, to help provide a joined up recruitment service that helps link local people to the retail jobs available."

Eileen Holroyd said: "Flair4Retail is a great service for both jobseekers and employers. It will make the retail recruitment process much smoother and will be a huge support to our busy store managers, especially at key trading times such as Christmas."

Cormac Hamilton said: "Working together to benefit both retailers and job seekers can only be a good thing.

"At our peak we employ around 1,500 people, so there's often opportunities for those looking for work. We hope this will help them find a role and make it easier for our retailers to advertise those vacancies."

To find out more, visit www.flair4retail.co.uk