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Local Jobs being created at Kirkby Town Centre’s New Retail Development

by Jonathan Kearney

Kirkby’s new retail development has progressed throughout the pandemic and is now a very visible feature in the town centre.

It will not only transform the town’s offer for shoppers and visitors, but it has also already created lots of employment opportunities for local people.

KFC is part of the new development’s restaurant offer and will also feature a drive-through facility.  Ahead of its imminent opening, the business has recruited around 40 staff, including three Team Leaders, and is now seeking the recruitment of five cooks.

Many new recruits are now undergoing training in anticipation for the opening this summer.

Knowsley Council’s “Knowsley Works” team helps to secure job opportunities for unemployed people aged 16 and over, and has been working with KFC and other retailers at the new development to ensure that the job opportunities on offer are made available to people in the local area.

Councillor Tony Brennan, Knowsley Council’s Regeneration and Economic Development Cabinet Member, said “At a time when many town centres across the country face an uncertain future, Knowsley’s town centres are benefitting from significant investment.  Kirkby’s new retail development will help to transform the fortunes of the town centre, creating hundreds of jobs in the process.

I’m delighted that the Council’s Knowsley Works team is supporting KFC’s recruitment drive and making sure that these job opportunities are made available for local people.”

If you are seeking employment, the Knowsley Works team can support you into work in a number of ways, including finding paid employment and training opportunities, coaching and mentoring, interview preparation and more.

You can find more information about the Knowsley Works team and how they can support you here.