Bagging bright retail careers

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By Lou_101 | Thursday, June 21, 2012, 18:31

Christchurch pupils are among those bagging better career chances by running their own town centre retail business in Poole.

Year 10 students from four secondaries across the conurbation – called the School Retail Group - have taken over a Dolphin Centre unit until July 13.

Stock control, visual merchandising and managerial duties – these City and Guilds Level 2 Retail students plan to give their customers a quality service and build a professional money-making concern.

Beales is sponsoring the stock sold in the store – situated upstairs in the shopping centre above HMV – has shared its expertise and has given behind-the scenes training to ensure the youngsters have the know-how they need.

The students have also been undertaking mystery shopping, learning about sales techniques and researching customer service.

They applied for the available in store roles, such as shop manager, visual merchandiser and sales assistant.

The store is open weekdays and Saturdays 9am to 4.30pm, and sells toys, ornaments, small gifts and furniture.

Beales chief executive, Tony Brown, officially opened it.

He said: "This experience gives these students a big opportunity to see professional work up close and understand what good retail is all about.

"They've been trained by today's retail talent who we hope will shine on these youngsters and help them become tomorrow's retail talent."

The schools taking part are Ashdown Technology College, Glenmoor, Twynham and Ferndown Upper.

Dr Terry Fish, headteacher at Twynham, said: "This is an amazing opportunity for our students. This is a real work experience in every sense and completely brings the subject to life for them."

John Grinnell, centre manager of the Dolphin Centre, said: "We are really pleased to have been chosen as the location for one of the School Retail Group's premises for the second year running."To be involved in promoting the retail profession to local school pupils at a grassroots level is a great opportunity and something we hope to continue."





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