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White Rose Shopping Centre Make the Grade student results 2017:

94% say it has improved their confidence

94% say they understand the types of jobs they could do in the future

99% say it has improved their ability to speak face-to-face with employers

White Rose Shopping Centre support students in South Leeds

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White Rose Shopping Centre has supported over 1700 students this academic year in a bid to boost employability skills and raise awareness of the career opportunities available in retail, management and property development.

By taking part in a range of activities including interview practice, guest speeches and workplace visits business volunteers from the centre, and many of its 120 retailers, have helped young people in the South Leeds area realise their potential.

The shopping centre has supported students from Woodkirk Academy, Cockburn School, Bruntcliffe Academy, Morley Academy, South Leeds Academy and the Rodillian Academy over the last 12 months with 94% of students taking part in these activities saying it has improved their confidence, 94% saying it has helped them understand the types of jobs they could do in the future and 99% saying it has improved their ability to speak face-to-face with employers.

Laura Robinson, Retail Manager at White Rose Shopping Centre, said: "We've been delighted to work with Ahead Partnership to support these six schools in our local area. Retail and property development are both fast-paced, exciting and growing sectors with the potential for international opportunities as well as those closer to home, so it's important for White Rose Shopping Centre to give young people insight into our industry while they're just starting out on their career journeys.

"Our retail tenants really get behind Make the Grade too, so that we can let students see the diverse nature of our business. We've been very excited to see the impact our involvement has made and look forward to another year of volunteering starting in September."


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