New shopping centre seeking 1,500 staff

A recruitment drive began today to fill 1,500 jobs at one of the country’s largest shopping centres.

A recruitment drive began today to fill 1,500 jobs at one of the country’s largest shopping centres.

The Whitewater centre, due to open near Newbridge, Co Kildare in spring 2006, launched the joint initiative along with training authority FÁS.

The 1,500 full and part-time positions available will make it one of the largest single-site, commercial employers in Leinster.

Gary Cooper, development manager at Whitewater, said he was confident the majority of posts would be filled by local people.

“This is a tremendous opportunity for the people of Kildare and surrounding counties to avail of retail employment opportunities that they would previously have had to travel to Dublin for.

“Through this initiative with FÁS we are confident that we can fill the positions locally and ensure our retailers will have a high quality, skilled workforce when the centre opens next spring.”

Hundreds of jobs are available for store managers, sales assistants and customer service staff at 60 leading outlets including Debenhams, Marks & Spencer, Easons, Karen Millen, Oasis, and Champion Sports.

Whitewater will also feature a European style food court, multiplex cinema and promenade of designer stores known as the Avenue.

Jobseekers can log on to the FÁS website www.fas.ie or ring 1800 611 116.

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