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Retail is one of the most diverse and exciting industries school leavers can go into


Careers in Retail


The National Skills Academy for Retail is encouraging all school leavers to explore the range of jobs in retail whether they get their GSCE and A-Level grades or just miss out.


Retail is one of the most diverse and exciting industries school leavers can go into and whatever a person’s academic achievements it could mean a good career for them.


As the largest private sector employer, retail currently employs nearly a quarter of those aged 16-24 in work in the UK. It is also a growing sector, with an estimated 214,000 new jobs being created by 2017 on top of the 1.2 million positions which need to be filled as people leave and change jobs.


For young people, retail offers early respon- sibility, rapid progression opportunities and the chance to specialise in an area of pas- sion, for example fashion, food or the latest electrical gadgets. The great opportunities in retail mean there is good money to be made as well. Managers of large stores can earn


upwards of £40,000, whereas senior jobs roles in head office can have salaries in excess of £70,000. In addition, many retailers now encourage employees to achieve retail qualifications whilst on the job.


Jane Rexworthy, Head of the National Skills Academy for Retail said: “This is a nerve- racking time for many young people but whatever their exam results there are plenty of opportunities available to them. Retail offers a range of entry points, meaning young people can go straight into it from school or go on to further study at college or university and enter at a later date.”


People can now research retail jobs at a touch of a button using the National Skills Academy for Retail’s new website facility. Launched earlier this month, the online service (www.nsaforretail.com/ careerprofiles) gives detailed information on the jobs available in retail, from beauty consultant and team leader to merchandising director and store manager.


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