Retail Path, the apprenticeship initiative from the BCSC Educational Trust to support young people into jobs and training, has welcomed its first new recruits this week.
Four apprentices have started out on a fresh new career path with a year long programme experiencing retail and retail property at Hammerson’s Highcross Leicester shopping centre – experiencing life in management and in stores including TM Lewin, Goldsmiths and independent Image Surgeon. Retail Path is managed by the National Skills Academy for Retail which provides access to high quality training for businesses, employees and the future workforce.
Peter Drummond, chairman of the BCSC Educational Trust, said: “This is a terrific milestone for Retail Path, and one we have worked many months to bring to fruition. We are delighted that the first apprentices have started along a valuable career path in retail and retail property, and we can as an industry start giving back to the communities we serve.
We are looking to recruit the brightest and best to form the next generation of retail leaders. If you are driven to succeed, have a passion for retail and are keen to learn new skills, this is a great opportunity to get hands on experience and a step up into a great career for those who have chosen not to go to university”.
Jo Tallack, Hammerson’s general manager at Highcross Leicester, said: “Retail Path provides an exciting and engaging route into retail and retail property, and it’s great to see the first apprentices start their career here in Leicester. We have a hugely motivated group of retailers here at Highcross, and we hope to provide a benchmark for other centres and retailers right across the UK.”
Other shopping centres commencing apprenticeship programmes include Meadowhall, Metrocentre, Birkenhead, Poole and Westfield London, with more retailers being announced in due course.