St James Quarter: an overview

St James Quarter is the city’s largest development in a generation. At 1.7 million sq ft and comprising 850,000 sq ft of retail space, St James Quarter will complement the luxury shopping offer of neighbouring retailer Harvey Nichols, which anchors the premium shopping street of Multrees Walk. The development will also be home to Everyman Cinema, a wide range of new restaurants, cafés and bars, Scotland’s first W Hotel, W Edinburgh, luxury aparthotel brand Roomzzz, and 152 apartments. The development will also deliver public spaces which will host a variety of exciting new events and 1,600 car parking spaces.

Opening in October 2020, St James Quarter is forecast to welcome in excess of 20 million visitors a year – the highest footfall of any retail and leisure destination in Scotland.

Essential Edinburgh

Essential Edinburgh was formed on 1st July 2008 after a positive Business Improvement District (BID) ballot result was recorded. Following a positive renewal ballot on 24th May 2018, the third term of the BID commenced on 1st July 2018 and will run until 30th June 2023. Essential Edinburgh’s vision is “To ensure that Edinburgh city centre excels as a place to work, a place to do business, a place to shop and a place to visit.”

Edinburgh College

Edinburgh College is one of Scotland's biggest Colleges with around 26,000 students across four campuses in Edinburgh and the Lothians. Offering a wide variety of vibrant vocational and academic courses, Edinburgh College provides flexible learning opportunities to suit all learning needs. Edinburgh College offers 700 courses from access to degree level and continuing professional development to help learners achieve your future career ambitions.

Capital City Partnership

Capital City Partnership is the delivery body for Edinburgh’s employability strategy and programme. Its key tasks are to advise, support and develop the city’s Jobs Strategy, and to contract, performance manage and improve outcomes from funded employability services.

Developing Young Workforce

Developing the Young Workforce (DYW), Scotland’s Youth Employment Strategy; asks business to be more involved in informing, inspiring and hiring youth talent. Educators and businesses working together as co-investors to create a skilled workforce for Scotland’s future.

Department for Work and Pensions

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is responsible for welfare, pensions and child maintenance policy. As the UK’s biggest public service department, it administers the State Pension and a range of working age, disability and ill health benefits to around 20 million claimants and customers. DWP is a ministerial department, supported by 15 agencies and public bodies.

City of Edinburgh Council

The City of Edinburgh Council is the local government authority for the City of Edinburgh. It was created in 1996 under the Local Government etc. (Scotland) Act 1994, with the boundaries of the post-1975 City of Edinburgh district of the Lothian region. The Council’s Economic Development department is responsible for the delivery of employability and skills programmes such as Edinburgh Guarantee, JET Programme and Modern Apprenticeships.

Universities in Edinburgh Careers Service Consortium

Edinburgh has four main Universities – University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh Napier, Heriot Watt, Queen Margaret University – as well as The Open University having a strong presence with distance learners. The Universities careers service supports employers to engage with Edinburgh Student Population of c. 60,000 students as well as support students to apply for graduate programme and consider their future career.

Scottish Futures Trust

The Scottish Futures Trust (SFT) is a executive non-departmental public body of the Scottish Government,[1] established in September 2008 to improve public infrastructure investment. SFT operates at arm's length from the Government but works closely with the public and private sectors to deliver value-for-money on all public sector infrastructure investment across the country. The trust has the aim of saving £100–£150 million each year through a wide range of activities.

Skills Development Scotland

Skills Development Scotland is the national skills body supporting the people and businesses of Scotland to develop and apply their skills. SDS manage national employability programmes including Employability Fund, Apprenticeship Family and careers advice service.

Community Renewal

Community Renewal transforms communities by  empowering and engaging individuals in community activity to improve their health, learning and employability.

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