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Thursday, 7 May 2009

Will Sugar Sweeten the Dragon's Endorsement?

Last week Theo Paphitis endorsed the new National Skills Academy for Retail saying that being a Shopkeeper taught him everything he needed to know about business. Retailers and the Government agree that now is the time to be investing in skills and ensuring that staff achieve their potential.

The National Skills Academy for Retail provides top quality training for everyone in the industry, whether you are looking to enter Retail, progress your career in Retail or want to train your staff in Retail. The main interface of the National Skills Academy for Retail is their retail skills shops located in shopping centres across the UK. For a list of the locations click
here. A Retail Ambassador Programme has also been created where people go to educational institutions and encourage students to consider a career in retail. For more information on this scheme click here.

The Academy has been created with significant input from stores such as Boots, House of Fraser and John Lewis. Therefore, you are sure to be learning skills employers’ value that will help increase productivity and undoubtedly sales.

The
‘Just Browsing’ section of the website is clear, concise and certainly answers all your immediate questions about the scheme and what you can gain from it, either as an employee or an employer. I definitely recommend taking a look, it will not take up much of your time and if you think you could benefit from the scheme, which most people can, then it will be 100% worth it.

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