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Retail business diploma gets green light

A new retail business diploma developed by Skillsmart Retail will be taught in schools and colleges across England from September next year after the government gave the go-ahead for the new course.

The diploma will combine classroom study with work experience and is aimed at 14-to 19-year olds in secondary schools or college education. Students will study retail business and the supply chain, and will continue to study English, Maths and Information and Communication Technology. The diploma offers an alternative to GCSEs and A Levels and has three different levels, foundation, higher and advanced.

“House of Fraser will support the teaching of the diploma in all of the areas that it is available in and we look forward to working with young people and giving them an insight into our stores and the world of retail work.”

John King, chief executive, House of Fraser

The retail diploma, which was approved by the Department for Children, Schools and Families, has been developed by Skillsmart Retail in consultation with business including Asos, John Lewis and House of Fraser. It will be offered in 42 schools, colleges and training organisations.

House of Fraser chief executive John King said: “Today’s announcement is fantastic news for the diploma and for retail. It will give students all over the country the opportunity to study retail business for the first time and we look forward to the programme growing further as we continue its development. House of Fraser will support the teaching of the diploma in all of the areas that it is available in and we look forward to working with young people and giving them an insight into our stores and the world of retail work.”

The retail business diploma is one of 17 new business diplomas which will be taught in English schools by 2013.

For more information visit Skillsmart Retail’s website or click on the attached Pdf document.

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