THE RETAIL BULLETIN - The home of retail news
Lest we forget
HOME
RETAIL NEWS
RETAIL EVENTS
Fashion
Department Stores
Shopping Centres & Retail Parks
Home & DIY
Electricals
Health & Beauty
General Merchandise
Entertainment
Sports & Leisure
Retail Solutions
Food & Drink
Interviews
RETAIL INSIGHTS
RETAIL SOLUTIONS
ABOUT US
CONTACT US
SUBSCRIBE FOR FREE
John Lewis offers guaranteed interviews to Skill Smart Retail Works graduates

John Lewis has announced that it will guarantee an offer of an interview or assessment centre session to all successful participants of the Skillsmart Retail Works pre-employment programme, vacancies permitting.

GENERAL MERCHANDISE

John Lewis offers guaranteed interviews to Skill Smart Retail Works graduates

John Lewis has announced that it will guarantee an offer of an interview or assessment centre session to all successful participants of the Skillsmart Retail Works pre-employment programme, vacancies permitting.

Skillsmart Retail Works is a nationwide training programme for people who want to work in retail. John Lewis has committed to the programme by ringfencing 400 assessment places for candidates who successfully pass the programme at its new department store in Stratford, London. The shop is due to open in September 2011, near the Olympic site. 

Anne Seaman, chief executive of Skillsmart Retail, said: “It can be very frustrating for people trying to get a job in retail if they have no previous experience, because recruiters often disregard them and it becomes a catch-22 situation.  Retail Works is a fantastic route into retail. It demonstrates to retailers that a person has the knowledge base and passion to work in retail and gives the individual confidence in interviews and at work.”

Since the Skillsmart Retail programme was rolled out nationwide in 2009, over 20,000 people have attended the course.  In 2010 an independent survey found that 53% of Retail Works candidates found employment because of the knowledge learnt on the programme.

Jane Beine, head of partner development at John Lewis, said: “Our Partners are at the centre of our organisation. They are hugely important to the business and their passion for retail is essential. We are delighted to be able to use the Skillsmart Retail Works programme to help us recruit for our new branch in Stratford. Helping people back into work and onto a career path in retail with John Lewis is very exciting and forms part of the personnel divisional strategy.” 
 
John Lewis said it expects to create approximately 2,200 new jobs this year throughout the UK.


 

Email this article to a friend

You need to be logged in to use this feature.

Please log in here

Subscribe For Retail News

RETAIL EVENTS

The Retail Design Seminar 2018
The Retail Design Seminar 2018
14 November 2018
The Cavendish Conference Centre
The Retail Design Seminar 2018
Omnichannel Futures Conference 2019
Omnichannel Futures Conference 2019
6 February 2019
Cavendish Conference Centre, London WG1 9DT
A truly omnichannel offering requires an understanding of customer behaviour across all shopping channels and how this should impact your overall business strategy
Customer Engagement Conference 2019
Customer Engagement Conference 2019
5 June 2019
Cavendish Conference Centre, London W1
The 10th Annual Retail Customer Engagement Summit
AI in Retail Conference 2019
AI in Retail Conference 2019
18 September 2019
Cavendish Conference Center, 22 Duchess Mews, London W1G 9DT
Retail marketing is changing pace rapidly by making communication across all platforms personalised, relevant, efficient, and helpful. AI not only helps shoppers find a perfect product but also pre-empts the shopping behaviour and speeds up payment.
The HR Summit 2019
The HR Summit 2019
Tuesday 8 October 2019
The Cavendish Conference Centre, London W1
The 11th HR Summit 2019, The Cavendish Conference Centre, London W1, 8 October 2019
Fix The Dinosaur Roundtable 2018
Fix The Dinosaur Roundtable 2018
19 October 2018
The Euston Suite, The Hallam, 44 Hallam St, London W1W 6JJ
A Masterclass in IBMi Legacy Issues