As a Retail pathway student you will learn relevant vocational retail skills. This includes areas such as Communication and Customer Care, Handling ICT and Sales, Printing and Advertising, and Employability Skills.You will learn in classroom settings and also in work based areas on the retail pathway. For example, the Garden Centre Shop and Stock Room, Karten Print Shop and Stock Room all provide real work based sessions.
You can gain accreditation with the following qualifications, if appropriate to your learning needs:
- BTEC Award in Vocational Studies Entry 3 / Level 1.
- City & Guilds Skills for Working Life Entry 1 / Entry 2.
- Agored Cymru Extended Award in Retail and Admin Entry 1 / Entry 2.
Your communication, social, independence, reading, writing and numeracy skills will expand and grow through your time on the retail pathway. In addition, you will have access to discrete maths and English sessions if appropriate.
As your retail skills progress, subsequently you will be able to undertake internal work placements. Work placements give you the opportunity to do vocational jobs in a familiar environment before moving on to an external placement.
Initially you will be offered external work placement activities to boost your confidence at work. During these activities, like bag packing, training days and tours, you will broaden your work and social skills. Consequently the strong links we have with these local teams and national businesses allows us to provide you with a quality external work placement, including at:
- Gobowen Library
- British Heart Foundation
- Oswestry Market
- Premier Inn Reception
Other opportunities as a retail pathway student include taking part in Inclusive Skills, in competitions such as Visual Merchandising and IT. Similarly you can also get involved in charity and community events. Students enjoy bag packing at Tesco and Sainsbury’s which also raises money for Derwen Charity. In addition, retail students also attend Oswestry Accessibility Meetings. Here they voice their opinions relating to accessibility in and around the local area.
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How to Apply
For further information contact the Admissions Team on:
Tel: 01691 661234 ext 401 or Email: [email protected]