Birmingham is set for a major jobs boost with recruitment for more than 500 roles at the new flagship John Lewis opening.
Applications for the roles begin tomorrow with a variety of positions from sales assistants to stock and catering roles on offer to people from the city.
The Post previously reported the retail giant had begun recruiting for 150 specialist roles across visual merchandising, business protection, admin and maintenance.
One of the largest John Lewis shops outside of London, it is the business' first shop opening of this scale in four years and represents a £35 million investment.
To ensure that the roles created by the shop are accessible to local people, the business has been working alongside the Birmingham Growth Alliance Partnership for two years to develop a pre-employment training package targeted at engaging potential partners from across the community.
Head of branch at John Lewis Birmingham Lisa Williams said: "The business gives partners fantastic opportunities to progress and move up the career ladder.
"I joined the partnership 26 years ago as a part-time selling assistant when I was still at school and have been supported every step of the way to management level.
"We are looking for hard-working, enthusiastic people who are eager to work within a team and, importantly, have a passion for retail."
Successful applicants will become what John Lewis calls partners in the business.
As part of John Lewis's structure, "partners" are all co-owners of the business and receive benefits like an annual bonus, access to holiday and leisure facilities, education and career development support.