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BRC embarks on major retail careers push with Department for Work and Pensions

The British Retail Consortium has committed to working more closely with the Department for Work and Pensions in an effort to get more people, especially those under 25, into careers in the retail sector.

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BRC embarks on major retail careers push with Department for Work and Pensions

The British Retail Consortium has committed to working more closely with the Department for Work and Pensions in an effort to get more people, especially those under 25, into careers in the retail sector.

A formal partnership agreement was launched this week by BRC director general Helen Dickinson and Employment Minister Esther McVey at the Waltham Forrest Job Centre Plus Youth Hub during an information session for young people interested in working in retail.

During the session, the Minister and the BRC made a joint commitment to find all those attending work experience in the industry within six months – the first formal commitment made under the new agreement.

Dickinson said: "Too often, when we think about a job in retail we think about a job on the shop floor – but the opportunities available are far more diverse than that. UK retailers are using cutting edge technology to get their products to consumers, so they need people with digital and IT skills to make that happen."

She added: "There are also roles in areas such as HR, finance, logistics, design and many more. We need to start valuing retail jobs more, if we don't, too many people will miss out on a rewarding career in an industry employing more people than any other here in the UK."

Dickinson and McVey were joined at the session by Sainsbury’s head of resourcing Mel Worth. 

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