Ellandi walks the Retail Path
Published:  01 April, 2016

Latest landlord to sign up to shopping centre apprenticeship scheme

Ellandi has committed to appointing and training a retail property apprentice through Retail Path – an industry-wide apprenticeship programme operated by the BCSC Educational Trust and National Skills Academy for Retail. Ellandi will roll out the apprenticeship programme for the first time at The Strand in Bootle, where the apprentice will benefit from working with both centre management teams and retailers.

Ellandi will join Hammerson, which piloted the scheme in 2015 and has now committed to a second year with Retail Path at Highcross Leicester. Hammerson’s first intake of five apprentices embarked on the Retail Path programme back in 2015, with two graduating from the scheme in December and gaining permanent roles with TM Lewin and Hotel Chocolat, respectively. The remaining three apprentices are now preparing to graduate this year into full-time employment.

The news follows the recent announcement that both Queensberry Real Estate and Capital & Regional will recruit apprentices – at Friars Walk, Newport and The Mall, Camberley respectively – through Retail Path, providing them with a 360-degree perspective of professional life within a shopping centre.

Ellandi property director Mark Robinson said: “Retail and retail property forms the heart of each community and is often the first experience that people get in the workplace; one of my first jobs was as a Saturday boy in Top Shop in Bury St Edmunds. The Retail Path initiative offers a structured series of stepping stones for enthusiastic and entrepreneurial youngsters to start a career in the retail industry and understand what a key role retail has on their community and the wider UK economy.”

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