Skills Pathway: Retail Entry level at Harington Scheme
Skills Pathway: Retail
The Retail Pathway would be right for you if you are ready to try out working in a shop. The course will help you learn and practise the skills that retail employers are looking for such as: communication, helping customers, working safely and following instructions. Retail learners have a work experience placement and some of the assessments are done in the workplace. If you aren't ready for work experience the elements of the Choices pathway will help you to gain skills and confidence while you learn the basics of retail.
This is a very practical course, where learners learn skills needed for working in a shop. There is a strong focus on customer service skills and team working. Learners plan and run an enterprise priject as part of their course. As well as having the opportunity to run the Harington fresh produce stall, learners also go out on work experience.
All learners work towards developing their employabilty skills gaining both preparation for work units and personal and social development units.
Qualifications on offer:
- City and Guilds Skills for Working Life Entry level
- OCN Progression - Entry 3 - Level 1
- OCN Independent Living Skills Entry level
- OCN Using Employability Skills Entry level
- Functional Skills English - Entry 1 - Level 2
- Functional Skills Maths - Entry 1 - Level 2
- Functional Skills ICT - Entry 2 - Level 2
In 2012/13 96% of learners achieved one of more qualifications as part of their Study Programme.
Applicants should be interested in learning more about Retail, but they do not need any special entry qualifications. Applicants usually complete a course taster as part of their application, so that they can experience the course and find out first hand what Harington has to offer, whilst the staff team look at what skills the applicant already has and what they would need to work on if they were to join a course at Harington.
You need to be aged 16 - 18, or up to 24 years if you had extra help because of your learning difficulties/disability at school. You should be looking for a course at level one or below, and not yet ready to access level two courses.
Learners build up a portfolio of work as the course progresses, which will have lots of evidence of their work. It might have photographs of their work, statements from people who have seen them working describing what they saw, checklists from qualified staff describing what happened when the learner showed them how to do a task and other sorts of evidence.
The course is assessed by the examiner looking at the portfolio, rather than by a formal exam.
Courses are free of charge for eligible learners. Learners meeting certain eligibility criteria can apply for a bursary and/or free meals.
Learners are encouraged to do work experience and develop their employability skills whilst at Harington.
The Progression Team provide Aftercare to leavers, helping to make sure that they make a smooth transition from Harington.
In 2012/13 78% of learners leaving Harington moved on to paid work or further learning and
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Harington Scheme directly.