Free training boosts charity shop’s sales

12th November 2013 1:52pm - Return to press releases

Free training boosts charity shop’s sales

Staff at the Todz charity shop in Bridlington have been brushing up on their retail skills after securing free training through East Riding College.
Four learners at the Quay Road premises have undertaken Level Two Retail NVQs, with one of them also doing the Level Two NVQ in Team Leading to help them in their supervisory duties.

Assessor Tracy Rafter said: “Our training partnership with Todz has been a real success, with four staff already benefitting from their training and another batch of four learners already enrolled.
“East Riding College has access to a number of funding initiatives which enable employers to secure qualifications at no cost to their organisation or the individual, and the staff at Todz are an excellent example of that.”

Shop manager Lesley Gaines said: "Working with East Riding College has been really beneficial for Todz, our volunteers and our members of staff.
“The retail qualifications have helped us to improve the service we provide to customers. We are seeing a lower turnover of staff, an increase in morale, a more pleasant working environment through improved displays and increased sales as a result.
“The whole training process, with Tracy coming into the shop and supporting us throughout, has been very straightforward and, best of it all, the College was able to source funding to provide the qualifications at no charge to Todz.”

East Riding College runs a wide range of apprenticeships and other workplace-based qualifications in partnership with major employers and other organisations across Yorkshire and the Humber.
National funding rules mean many courses are available at no charge, for example, where it is a person’s first level two or level three qualification, if they are aged from 19 to 23.
For more information about the qualifications available from East Riding College, call the business development team on 01482 390888.

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For more information about this press release, call Matthew Croshaw, marketing and communications manager, on 01482 390720 or email matthew.croshaw@eastridingcollege.ac.uk