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New Diploma in Retail for 14–19 year olds
A new Diploma in Retail for 14–19 year olds is being developed by Skillsmart Retail, Skills for Logistics, Automotive Skills and the Council for Administration.
The diploma is one of 14 new diplomas which are being developed to be delivered in partnership with schools, colleges, providers and other local stakeholders and is expected to be available in all schools in England by 2013.
The diploma is aiming to provide young people with the opportunity to:
* Learn about retail and its supply chain, by following the supply chain from sourcing and buying to warehousing, distribution, delivery and selling through a range of retail channels
* Develop the skills and knowledge employers need which are vital to the industry, including literacy and numeracy, confident communication, problem solving, team working and customer handling skills
* Develop business and commercial awareness through the application of JIT principles, costing products and services and understanding profit margins
* Explore cross cutting themes such as globalisation, the environment and health, safety and security
* Be gradually introduced to principles of effective leadership and management, ranging from what it is like to be managed (Level 1) through to understanding how effective leadership and management impacts on recruitment and retention and on the profitability of the business (Level 3)
* Learn in a practical context, as 50% of the learning for all the new diplomas must be applied learning.
The main input to the draft content of the diploma is provided by an advisory group that includes employers from the sector. The diploma development partnership is also consulting with awarding bodies, delivery partners and Higher Education organisations about delivery and progression.
The diploma is expected to include the following elements:
* Principal learning – knowledge, skills and understanding related to retail and its supply chain.
* Additional / specialist learning – learners will be able to choose from a range of options endorsed by employers
* Generic learning – students develop and apply the skills and knowledge necessary for learning, employment and personal development – personal learning and thinking skills such as communication, creativity and team working and learn how to think about what they have learnt, managing both themselves and their time
* Core and foundation subjects (English, mathematics and science, and ICT, PE and citizenship). One or more of these may fall inside a diploma, depending on the scope and nature of the diploma
* Work experience – between 10 and 30 days depending on the level of the diploma.
The partnership says the diploma, available at Levels 1, 2 and 3, will enable learners to enter the industry direct from the diploma route, or to progress into Further Education and Higher Education, joining the industry when they have gained further qualifications and experience.
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