British Land launches retail training programme

By Kasmira Jefford - Friday, October 13, 2017 14:41

British Land is launching a training programme across 13 of its local and regional retail centres to help young people find work in the retail, leisure, food and drink industry.

The programme, called Bright Lights Starting Out and organised in partnership with The Source Skills Academy,  was first launched at six centres in 2016 and led to 75% of graduates securing a job in retail and hospitality.

The aim is to provide unemployed young people with skills to help them to start to build a career in modern retail or hospitality, combining classroom teaching with work placements.

The five week course runs to coincide with Christmas recruitment. Each asset will see 15 young people aged 16-24 years old undertake the course which combines work place experience with the delivery of nationally accredited qualifications. The successful individuals will graduate with a Level 1 in Retail Knowledge, Level 2 WorldHost Principles of Customer Service and Level 1 Health & Safety.

Participants are given coaching sessions with industry experts, support with interview and CV writing skills in addition to a personal mentor to get set goals for the next six months following completion of the programme.

At the end of the scheme, trainees will receive their formal qualifications at an official celebration event.

Charles Maudsley, head of retail, leisure & residential for British Land, said: “The retail industry is the UK’s largest private sector employer with some 2.9m people working in the sector; a third of these are under 25 years old. Bright Lights and the Starting Out training programme is part of our commitment to connect with the local communities in which we operate, offering best in class service to help both our occupiers and local people to grow, thrive and gain new skills. The Starting Out programme is providing skills and training to young people, hugely important to help them in their future careers and to achieve recognised qualifications.”

The programme is being delivered at Meadowhall, Sheffield; St Stephen’s, Hull; Teesside, Stockton; Beaumont, Leicester; Serpentine Green, Peterborough; New Mersey, Speke; Giltbrook, Nottingham; Glasgow Fort, Glasgow; Surrey Quays, Rotherhithe; Ealing Broadway, W5; Fort Kinnaird, Edinburgh; Drake Circus, Plymouth and Broughton, Chester.

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