Retail Ready People – a great project from @RetailTrust & @Vinspired #Indieretail

vInspired, the charity dedicated to helping young people do good things, has teamed up with retail charity, Retail Trust, to offer young people in England aged 16 – 25 the opportunity to take part in a new 12 week skills development and volunteering programme called Retail Ready People (RRP).

Retail Ready People – Project overview

Retail Ready People will enlist young people who want to enter or progress in the retail sector and give them the chance to set up and run a high street shop in their local area. Working as part of a 30-strong team of young volunteers, they’ll take part in a free training programme to develop key retail skills. They’ll put their training into action by transforming empty shops into creative retail spaces at the heart of the community.

The project will run in 10 high street locations across England between 2012 – 2014, with Brighton & Hove City and the London Borough of Enfield confirmed as the first two locations for 2012. Applications are now open!

Retail Ready People is supported by vInspired, Retail Trust and Dan Thompson, of Empty Shops Network and #Riotcleanup fame, who will work with young people to turn empty shops into amazing pop-up spaces.

 

                                         

 

A FREE 12 week programme for young people

Retail Ready People is an exciting FREE 12-week programme for 16 – 25 year olds, which gives you the chance to set up and run a high street shop in your local area. Currently running in Brighton or Enfield, Retail Ready People provides training and support as well as practical skills and experience to help you find a job or develop a career you’ll love!

So, if you already work in a shop but want to progress or get promoted – or you’re just interested in finding out more about retail careers, then Retail Ready People is for you!

To sign up, visit www.vinspired.com/rrp-retail-ready-people or follow us @vinspired. The deadline for applications is Monday 27th August 2012

Retail Ready People – Information for retailers

Retail Ready People is a FREE 12-week skills development and volunteering programme which gives 16 – 25 year olds the chance to set up and run a high street shop in their local area. Retail Ready People provides training and support as well as practical skills and experience to help young people find out more about retail careers, progress and get promoted.

Working as part of a 30-strong team, young volunteers will take over an empty shop for up to 1 month and transform it into a creative retail space at the heart of the community. They’ll manage all aspects of the shop, including customer experience, visual merchandising, stock control, branding, PR, marketing, finance, decorating shop-fitting and staffing.

Retail Ready People is supported by vInspired, Retail Trust and Dan Thompson, of Empty Shops Network and #Riotcleanup fame, who will work with young people to turn empty shops into amazing pop-up spaces.

Who’s it for?

  • Retail staff aged 16 – 25 with drive, energy and passion to succeed in the retail sector
  • Young people aged 16 – 25 who are unemployed and seeking careers in the retail sector

Where and when does the project take place?

Retail Ready People will run in 10 high street locations across England during 2012 – 2014. Brighton & Hove City and the London Borough of Enfield are confirmed as the first two locations, running from 3 September – 12 December 2012.

Date Activity
w/c 3 September Selection Interviews
23 – 23 September 3 day training camp
Throughout October Weekly training workshops & volunteering – 1 day per week, 5 in total
3 November Pop-up shop opens
2 December Pop-up shop closes
11 / 12 December Wrap up and celebrate!

How do participants apply?

Visit www.vinspired.com/rrp-retail-ready-people or follow us @vinspired. The deadline for applications is Monday 27th August 2012

How will our business benefit from Retail Ready People?

Retail Ready People will give existing retail employees new skills, confidence and experience through free training, mentoring and support, helping to drive your profits, CSR and brand loyalty.  The programme will also give unemployed young people the chance to become Retail Ready and make a positive difference to local communities where you operate.

Get involved today and help us to support the next generation of Retail Ready People!

To discuss the programme and the opportunities for your organisation please contact Laura Horsley at Retail Trust, lhorsley@retailtrust.org.uk or 020 8358 7223 / 07725 672 468.

Retail Ready People – Information for landlords

Retail Ready People is a FREE 12-week skills development and volunteering programme which gives 16 – 25 year olds the chance to set up and run a high street shop in their local area. RRP provides training and support as well as practical skills and experience to help young people find out more about retail careers, progress and get promoted.

Working as part of a 30-strong team, young volunteers will take over an empty shop for up to 1 month and transform it into a creative retail space at the heart of the community. They’ll manage all aspects of the shop, including customer experience, visual merchandising, stock control, branding, PR, marketing, finance, decorating shop-fitting and staffing.

Retail Ready People is supported by vInspired, Retail Trust and Dan Thompson, of Empty Shops Network and #Riotcleanup fame, who will work with young people to turn empty shops into amazing pop-up spaces.

Do you own or manage an empty shop or retail unit?

We’re on the lookout for great empty shop spaces in Brighton & Hove City and the London Borough of Enfield.

Supported by a generous pop-up shop budget, Retail Ready People volunteers will transform disused, empty shop units into creative retail hubs at the heart of the community.

Donate your empty retail space!

If you have an empty shop or vacant retail unit that’s available from 1 October – 12 December 2012, please get in touch at retailready@vinspired.com – we’d love to hear from you!

Why should landlords support Retail Ready People?

The project provides a great opportunity to:

  • Breathe new life into empty, disused shops
  • Give unemployed young people the chance to develop the skills and confidence to get into retail
  • Build relationships and trust between young people, retailers and the local community
  • Help young people to make a positive contribution to their high streets and communities

Get involved today and help us to support the next generation of Retail Ready People!                                           

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About Clare Bailey

Clare Bailey, The Retail Champion (formerly Clare Rayner), is one of the most well-known and respected retail experts in the UK. With unrivalled knowledge in retail, high streets and consumer matters, she offers unbiased, independent content – whether engaged as a professional speaker, for broadcast media, or for a written feature. Clare is a business woman, entrepreneur and founder of several small businesses. Having been born into a family of successful business owners, it was inevitable that she’d eventually jump off the corporate treadmill and step out on her own! Today her brand portfolio includes The Retail Champion, The Retail Conference, the Future High Street Summit and the Support for Independent Retail campaign. In addition, she is co-founder of Mobaro Retail UK and a non-exec director of Beed Virtual Assistant Services. Having started her career as a fast-track store management trainee for McDonalds, she went on to work with leading retailers such as M&S, Dixons and Argos. She moved swiftly into management roles before being headhunted into senior consulting roles with global software giant SAP, and international management consulting brand, Accenture. Her corporate background in senior retail, consulting and technology roles, coupled with her experience of creating and running her own business, has enabled her to be equally capable whether consulting to global brands or micro businesses. This unique blend has not only positioned her as a leading expert in all things retail, but has enabled her to add meaningful commentary and insight to the debate around the future of the high street, and, how technology is driving fundamental change in the way consumers, and businesses, interact. Clare has become an influential voice in her field, which has resulted in her becoming a regular media contributor and sought-after conference speaker. Often seen on Good Morning Britain, BBC Breakfast, Sky News, and Chanel 5 (to name a few), Clare speaks on a myriad of retail, high street and consumer issues – but is particular adept when it comes to explaining the context behind retail trading results, newly released data, and government stats, in a palatable and informative manner. In addition to broadcast and conference speaking, Clare is the proud author of two best-selling business books published by Kogan Page - The Retail Champion: 10 Steps to Retail Success, published July 2012 and How to Sell to Retail: The Secrets of Getting Your Product to Market, published February 2013. She has provided contributions to various academic texts, including Retail Marketing Management (published by Pearson). With an engaging, conversational yet informative style, Clare writes for press and content agencies, providing features, articles, blogs and opinion pieces as well as contributions to white papers and reports. However, when the situation demands a more serious style, Clare can deliver - In 2016 she wrote an extensive report for a major insurance and risk law firm, as a retail expert witness, to support a public liability suit. She found that project particularly enjoyable as it played well to her strengths – assimilating large amounts of data and information, identifying the key points and articulating that in an understandable manner. When not on TV or speaking at conferences, Clare’s “day job” sees her supporting consumer-facing businesses through her consultancy services. When asked to describe what she most loves about retail consulting it is typically the opportunity to “dig deep”, getting “under the bonnet”, in order to leverage the business data to uncover the insights that lead to “lightbulb moments”. She also loves working on business change programmes that centre on improving the processes and systems to increase profitability by supporting more rapid, better informed decision making, improving the customer experience, or simply by become more efficient and streamlined. In this respect she considers herself a “business engineer” with a brain that works like a relational database! Due to her years of experience, her logical, objective approach, her quick, rational thinking, she is known for being able to cut through complexity, seeing right through to the crux of issues, finding creative solutions that others may have overlooked. As if all that wasn’t enough, Clare is a working mum, juggling a home life in rural Lincolnshire with her partner, their 5 kids, 4 cats, and geriatric Labrador! For all enquiries, contact Clare directly on 01727 238890 or email champion@retailchampion.co.uk.
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