We want you to develop your career in retail to keep your skills in the sector. Where appropriate, we help with funding for a range of courses, from NVQ level through to MBA, for people to develop their career in retail. To be eligible you must have worked in retail for 2 years.
bira Oxford Summer School courses
Retail Trust offers free scholarships to people from companies that employ fewer than 1,000 people to attend the prestigious Oxford Summer School Foundation and Academy courses at the Keble College
2012 Oxford Summer School Foundation 1st - 5th July 2013
The course is for first appointment store managers, head office department managers, large store department managers, and supervisors who are in line for promotion within 6 months.
2012 Oxford Summer School Academy 17 - 23 August 2013
The Academy is targeted at middle managers, store managers, and assistant store managers from large stores. Typically, delegates will have been identified as individuals with particularly high potential by their organisations and in line for potential promotion to more senior management positions.
Download the application here and submit before 30 May.
Tracy Venner - John Lewis
“It has been a fantastic learning opportunity and I would encourage anyone wishing to widen their retail understanding and commerciality to attend.”
Helen Edwards - M&Co
‘’Best self development I have ‘engaged’ with in a long time.”
Clare Wallace - The Disney Store
“My own self-belief has risen 100%- I can do more, I am a great manager.”
Contact the Retail Trust Helpline about scholarships or any issues that may be affecting you.
Master Classes for First Time Managers
Retail Trust has been awarded £30,000 by the George Spencer Trust to help 40 first-time managers to develop their skills through a Master Class programme with top retail CEOs commencing in February 2012.
The aims of the Master Class programme are to:
• Inspire middle managers in their first retail management role
• Learn from 'masters' in retail through them sharing their journey and experience
• Provide an opportunity for middle managers to share and discuss best practice
• Understand how to apply this learning back to work
Anyone wishing to register to attend can do so by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 020 8358 7222.
The National Skills Academy for Retail
The National Skills Academy for Retail is a network of retail skills shops delivering training and business support across the UK.
Retail skills shops are one-stop, walk-in centres based on high streets and in shopping centres, operated by trained staff who offer free advice and suggest
training solutions and learning opportunities to retail employers, employees and those seeking to work in retail. Retail skills shops work closely with local stakeholders to identify funding opportunities for both employers and individuals.
Locally managed, retail skills shops are operated on a day-to-day basis by a partnership of local retailers, developers, training providers and other local partners who together deliver high-quality training and advice.
The National Skills Academy for Retail offers a wide range of programmes from pre-employment training to customer service programmes such as WorldHost as well as training solutions developed specifically for independent retailers.
Employer involvement is at the heart of the National Skills Academy for Retail’s approach and big names such as Tesco, John Lewis Partnership, House of
Fraser, Ryman, Marks & Spencer and Boots are already working together on the project.
To find out more about the National Skills Academy for Retail, visit www.nsaforretail.com.
Fashion Retail Academy
The Fashion Retail Academy was the first National Skills Academy to be opened in the UK in September 2006 to educate and train young people aged 16+ to develop skills required for an exciting career in the fashion retail industry. The FRA is backed by the Arcadia Group, Marks & Spencer, Next and Tesco.
Located in a fantastic building just off London’s Oxford Street you will learn in an inspirational environment. With connections to over 70 retail leaders, the work placements that are offered on all courses provide a great opportunity to gain the skills and experience needed for a career in fashion retail. It really is the unique combination of retail business and fashion education that makes learning at the Fashion Retail Academy so rewarding and meaningful.
See the Fashion Retail Academy website
We have a range of services to help people working within retail. Search here for more information.