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Policies & Issues: Employment

The retail sector has an excellent record on training and upskilling its workforce. In 2008, 5,000 retail apprenticeships were completed and 63% of all individuals in the sector were given training equivalent to 14 working days. The sector also provides employees with transferable skills which help them progress either within retail or other business sectors.

Although the BRC welcomes initiatives to address skills shortages, it is important that proposals do not become unduly burdensome for business and deliver outcomes which are genuinely useful. The skills landscape should also be made as simple as possible - this will help large and small retailers alike but is particularly important for smaller businesses, which have fewer resources and less understanding of the tools and support available to them. Most importantly, it is vital that the retail sector is not overlooked by Government as being a vital economic driver of growth and jobs within the UK.

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