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New jobs vow for Barbican workers
Swimming pool
Barbican workers hope to make a splash in the labour market
Council chiefs in York have pledged to help staff at the city's Barbican Centre find new jobs when the site closes for redevelopment.

The promise was made at a meeting of City of York Council officials and Barbican employees on Wednesday.

More than 40 full-time posts and a large number of casual jobs will be affected by the closure on 31 May.

Building work on a new community swimming pool and fitness suite is expected to take six months.

'Exciting' scheme

The new complex will also include a four-star hotel and 240 flats.

Charlie Croft, the council's assistant director of leisure, said: "The redevelopment of the Barbican site is an exciting project for the city, but it does mean that the jobs of some of the current staff are affected.

"The council has agreed to do all it can to work with staff to find an alternative job."

He said a wide range of jobs would be available with the new site managers, Absolute Leisure, and the council would find jobs for some staff at other sites.

"We will also be contacting other leisure providers and employers in the area to let them know we may have highly-skilled staff who are looking for new positions," Mr Croft added.

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