Swindon could produce the next generation of visual merchandising professionals following the opening of the 50th National Skills Academy for Retail.
The new skills shop, located in McArthurGlen’s Swindon Designer Outlet, will provide an all-encompassing training programme for the retail sector.
According to NSAforRetail.com, nationwide skills shops offer information or advice for both businesses and individuals alike. Its services cater for those looking to get into the industry through pre-employment courses, apprenticeships, management training or bespoke programmes.
The head of the National Skills Academy for Retail , Jane Rexworthy, told Swindon-Business.net that the latest store is a ”huge achievement for the organisation.”
She said that each skills shop provides a valuable service to their area’s residents and businesses, particularly as retail is often key to the local economy.
“Retail is the largest private sector employer in the UK, with a £315 billion turnover,” added Rexworthy. “To continue the success of our retail industry we need to ensure the workforce has the right skills.
“From honing customer service to creating the wow factor with visual merchandising, our network helps retailers be as successful and profitable as they can be.”
Since 2009, the National Skills Academy for Retail has expanded into all four UK nations and its growth is set to continue. Later this month it will open more skills shops in Cambridge, Canterbury and Hastings.