Entertaining new traineeship for Midlands school leavers
Thursday, 3 April, 2014

Young people across Birmingham and Solihull aged 16-18 who are interested in working in retail are being encouraged to join a brand new retail traineeship at Solihull College starting on Monday 19 May.

Working in partnership with national toy retailer The Entertainer, the College is offering the 12-week programme to those who are not quite ready to enter employment, but would prefer to leave full-time education.

With local stores in both Birmingham’s Bullring and Solihull’s Touchwood shopping centres, it is anticipated that this new traineeship will prove popular. Traineeships, which have been created by the government, have been designed because ‘young people applying for vacancies often lack work related skills and attitudes which they may need to secure and sustain employment’*.

Claire Bromage, Retail Apprentice Coordinator at Solihull College comments: €œWe are really pleased to be offering this new traineeship. It will provide students with not only essential employment skills, but also personal development skills which are vital for them as they enter the workplace. Routes into retail are becoming increasingly popular for young people and traineeships are going to add real value to business both for the employer and learner”.

During the 12-week programme, learners will spend two days in store and three days in College and will be working towards a Level 1 qualification in both Retail Knowledge and Employability. Students will also be required to complete Functional Skills in both maths and English.

Students will build an understanding of the business of retail, customer service, health and safety and retail selling. Along with this they will also learn communication skills, problem-solving in the workplace, how to search for employment and how to prepare for interviews.

To find out more about the new Retail Traineeship at Solihull College please follow this link to our retail courses page or call 0121 678 7000

*Taken from the briefing paper for Traineeships in Retail by The National Skills Academy