Apprenticeship scheme hopes to give retail chances to youngsters

PUBLISHED: 15:55 07 November 2012

An apprenticeship programme has been launched which hopes to give young people in Bexley a kick-start to a career in retail.

The Retail Apprenticeship Scheme aims to address the perception that 16- to 18-year-olds have not got the skills by matching retailers in the borough with a suitable apprentice.

Rather than the business owner paying the wages, each apprentice is employed by the Retail Apprenticeship Training Agency (RATA) which is running the programme.

Tracy-Anne Lane, from North West Kent College’s The Learning Shop, said: “For retailers, this is a brilliant opportunity to unearth emerging talent in the sector and make a long-lasting difference to a young person’s career.”

Independent retailers may also qualify for a £1,500 apprenticeship grant to support them through the partnership.

For information on the scheme call 0844 264 0238 or email

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