BL launches training initiative

Published:  31 August, 2016

New training scheme at British Land malls set to help young people to shine

British Land is launching an exciting new training programme - Bright Lights - for 16 to 24-year-olds. Bright Lights is funded by British Land, and the programme is being rolled out across six of its shopping centres, in partnership with The Source Skills Academy – a leading centre for excellence in retail and customer service training.

Launched at Meadowhall in Sheffield, the scheme will offer free customer service training and work placements over a five-week period. It will combine classroom learning alongside work placements at the centres’ retailers and food and beverage brands. The aim is to provide unemployed young people with valuable skills to start building a career in modern retail or hospitality.

Young people who sign up to the programme can expect to receive coaching sessions from industry experts, qualifications in customer service and health and safety, support with interviews and CV writing, as well as a personal mentor to help set goals for the next six months.

The pilot scheme in Meadowhall scheme culminates with a graduation celebration in October, which will see those who have completed the five-week course receive their formal qualifications.

Darren Pearce, centre manager at Meadowhall, said: “This is a great opportunity for Meadowhall, together with our retailers and food and beverage outlets, to help the local young people of Sheffield to get a head start on the career ladder. As we approach the busy Christmas period, competition for retail and hospitality jobs can be fierce, but Bright Lights offers young people in Sheffield high quality training which will help them to stand out from the crowd and equip them with the skills they need to succeed.”

Dianne Wainwright, head of operations at The Source Skills Academy, said: “We work very closely with retailers and hospitality outlets at Meadowhall to ensure the Bright Lights training programme delivers all of the skills the sector is looking for in a trainee. It’s great to be able to offer this to the young people of Sheffield.

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