retailTRUST unveils plan to boost youth employment


Charity for retail industry launches its retailRIGHT programme.

retailTRUST has launched its retailRIGHT pre-employment programme for 2015, designed to equip young people with the skills required for full-time employment in the retail industry.

The new scheme, which has started in Bradford and Hull, includes 10-weeks of training for 16-to-24-year-olds in a classroom-based environment, plus practical skills and work experience with leading UK retailers.

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A wider roll-out is expected during the rest of 2015, to help some of the 954,000 young people currently facing unemployment.

The scheme has been purposefully launched in Bradford and Hull where youth unemployment is high and apprenticeships schemes are most in need.

retailRIGHT hopes to challenge negative statistics on youth employment, working in conjunction with local providers. The pilot scheme took place in 2014, with many of its alumni being offered full-time employment.

retailTRUST will aim to place a further 1000 young people through the programme within 2015, across 20 locations in the UK. It also hopes to create over 350 employment outcomes within the retail sector, allowing more young people to secure a fantastic future working in the retail industry.

Amy Prendergast, vocational development coordinator of retailTRUST commented: “retailRIGHT is a unique programme that is reaching out to the grassroots and helping young people gain vital experience in our industry, with many moving into full time employment as a result of coming onto the programme.”

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