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Monday 9th September, 2013

There is good news for local retailers, staff and jobseekers with the launch of Wigan Borough’s official National Skills Academy for Retail initiative.

The Wigan Retail Shop launched at Wigan Council’s jobs and skills fair on Friday 6 September and has been developed by Wigan Council in partnership with Wigan and Leigh College.

It is supported by the National Skills Academy and aims to improve productivity for local retail businesses and their staff through providing high quality training and development programmes, which will be flexible and responsive to the needs of retailers of all sizes in the borough.

There will also be opportunities for jobseekers through the Wigan Retail Shop with the “Step into Retail” training package, which aims to provide individuals with the skills, knowledge and confidence to apply for jobs within retail.

Jane Rexworthy, Head of the National Skills Academy for Retail said: “We are delighted to welcome the Wigan Retail Skills Academy as a member of the National Skills Academy for Retail.

“The development of the skills shop has been very much driven by local demand and we are confident that both jobseekers and independent businesses in Wigan Borough will soon see the results of high-quality, structured training offered at this retail skills shop.”

Councillor David Molyneux, Wigan Council cabinet member for economy and skills, said: “It is great Wigan Council has joined in partnership with Wigan and Leigh College to launch this initiative. We are always looking for ways to help benefit the local community, and the fact this will help support our local retail businesses and give jobseekers the opportunity to find work within retail is an example of this.”

To find out more about the Wigan Retail Shop contact g.sutton@wigan-leigh.ac.uk or call 01942 761859.

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