Added on: 18th April, 2019 by Becca _27135
intu Uxbridge has teamed up with Uxbridge College, Education and Employers, and Job Centre Plus to create a bespoke training course to help unemployed adults get into retail.
Designed to set the standard in retail, ‘Retail Gold’ is helping people to develop essential employability skills, boosting their self-confidence and giving them an insight into all aspects of working in the industry. intu Uxbridge has worked with West Met Skills, the Apprenticeships & Employer Services team from Uxbridge College to create a course that leaves trainees ‘job ready’ when they complete the course.
As well as formal qualifications in Retail Knowledge and Customer Service,
Retail Gold is also giving its students a path to real job opportunities.
Students on the first Uxbridge course – which took place from 5-18 March – learnt CV-writing skills, completed mock job interviews with intu management volunteers, took part in world-class service sessions and did a tour around the Boots store.
Retail Gold courses are happening across the UK via intu shopping centres. The first Uxbridge course included four days on Retail Knowledge and four on Customer Service. It was such a success that a second course has been planned for Uxbridge in July.
A graduation ceremony will take place for the first intake of students on 24 April, at which the graduates will be presented with their official qualification certificates. Representatives from intu, including corporate responsibility director Alexander Nicoll, corporate responsibility manager Kathryn Barber, as well as intu Uxbridge’s retail liaison and corporate responsibility coordinator Angela Vieira and general manager Laurie Taylor, will all attend to congratulate the winners.
Angela said: “The first Retail Gold course was such a hit that we cannot wait to do it again! It is wonderful to be able to connect education with employment in this way, to pave the way for a better future for these unemployed young adults, while helping employers to recruit.”
To find out more about intu Uxbridge, head to www.intu.co.uk/uxbridge or discover more about Education and Employers at www.educationandemployers.org