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Policies & Issues: Employment

Shopping is something we all do, whether for essential items like food and clothing or for leisure goods such as CDs, DVDs and books. Through our experiences in the local corner shop, in the nearby supermarket, on the local high street or through online stores, we all have a view on what retail has to offer. What many don't realise is retailing is one of Britain's favourite jobs. As the UK's largest private sector employer, a staggering three million people choose to work in retail. Yet all too often retail jobs are simply dismissed as low skilled with limited career opportunities.

In fact the opposite is true. From customer services assistant to fashion buyer, from butcher to store manager, from fleet manager to food technologist, the sector offers a wide variety of roles with real opportunities to learn skills and progress within the sector. It is for this reason we have put together this booklet to help demonstrate just some of the employment and training opportunities the sector has to offer – from on the job training and mentoring right through to apprenticeships and formal qualifications.

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