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Be your own boss - a chance for young people to run a shop on the high street!

Retail Ready People

At vInspired, we’re always developing creative and imaginative ways to support young people to develop the skills to succeed. We already know that volunteering can help young people to develop a wide range of work-based skills to make you more employable. From team work to communication skills, planning to problem-solving – volunteering is a brilliant way to get work-ready while making a difference to causes you care about.

Lately, we’ve been thinking a lot about high streets. One year on from the anniversary of the London riots, we wanted to develop opportunities to connect young people in positive ways to their local high streets. Many high streets now have empty shops, which are lying empty and unloved. With the help of passionate and creative volunteers, we think we can turn these spaces into exciting and imaginative retail hubs at the heart of the community.

High levels of unemployment are still a major challenge for young people, and we wanted to do something about this too – by giving young people the chance to gain valuable work experience and relevant skills to help with finding work. So, together with our friends at Retail Trust, we developed Retail Ready People.

Get retail ready

Retail Ready People is an exciting, free 12 week programme, which gives young people aged 16-25 the chance to design and launch their own shop on the high street. We’ll secure a shop or retail unit on the high street and we’ll hand the keys to our volunteers.

Working with a team, they'll develop a range of retail and enterprise skills to help their CV's sparkle. Together, they'll learn about;

  • Shop branding, marketing and PR / promotion
  • Running an ethical business
  • Products and pricing strategies
  • Customer service and teamwork
  • The challenges and opportunities of running a shop!

Our first two shops will be opening in Enfield (North London) and Brighton. So, if you know talented or passionate young people who are interested in becoming their own boss, please encourage them to apply to join Retail Ready People today.

The deadline for applications is Monday 3 September 2012.


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