Giving students a helping hand

Considering the current economic climate and the way our employment market is changing, it’s hugely important that we’re aware of our teenagers and how we can help them get to where they want to be in the future.

Things aren’t as simple as they were a few years ago. Now University graduates and people who choose not to go on to higher education alike are increasingly finding themselves without jobs. This only looks set to get worse in the coming years.

After reading an article from In-Store News, I’m feeling much more optimistic – it seems the Government are taking positive steps to try and increase students’ skill sets.

From September 2010 secondary school and college students will be given the opportunity to try out a brand new diploma course in retail business and marketing. Pupils will be able to choose to study retail business alongside their GCSE’s and A Levels, giving them an advantage over others once they have left school.

The qualification, implemented by Skillsmart Retail, will allow students to learn the ropes of working within retail, and offer on the job experience which will prove invaluable when starting a career within the sector.

Stores such as House of Fraser, Boots and John Lewis have shown their support for the upcoming course and are looking forward to getting started, offering students work placements within stores.

Not only will the course provide us with experienced and well informed starters, it will help to raise the profile of retail as a career choice, which is great news for the retail industry!

Let’s hope the students are as excited as I am about this pioneering development!

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