NEW APPOINTMENTS: Apprentice graduates start new roles at Meadowhall Shopping Centre

New starters at Meadowhall:- L to r Simon Chivers, Reece Gafaar, Chelsea Stewart, Darren Pearce (Centre Director), Bryon Hughes and 'Abbie Turner.
New starters at Meadowhall:- L to r Simon Chivers, Reece Gafaar, Chelsea Stewart, Darren Pearce (Centre Director), Bryon Hughes and 'Abbie Turner.

A group of talented youngsters have started promising careers at Meadowhall Shopping Centre after graduating from its successful apprentice scheme.

Nine young people completed their apprenticeships and went on to secure employment in various roles including customer services, the Oasis Dining Quarter, marketing, security, human resources and property services.

Some of the new starters include Simon Chivers, Reece Gafaar, Chelsea Stewart, Josh Woodger, Abbie Turner and Bryon Hughes. All are pictured l to r behind Darren Pearce, centre director.

Since the first intake of apprentices at Meadowhall in 2011, 32 young people have signed up to complete various work-based qualifications at the shopping centre.

Mr Pearce said: “The apprentice scheme has been a resounding success for the centre.”

Paula Windle, customer experience co-ordinator who is responsible for the apprentices, said: “The group we have in the centre has been very impressive and really immersed themselves in their roles, as well as supporting in other ways, such as joining in our community and charity work. There have been some amazing success stories and we now aim to give the latest recruits even greater levels of responsibility and experience, for example, working side by side with staff on our customer care lines and in the main reception area.”