Fast-track your retail career with a Retail Trust Scholarship to the Oxford Summer School Foundation

Applications are now open for eight managers to secure free scholarships worth £1,895 to the Foundation level at bira’s Oxford Summer School on 1-5 July at St Catherine's College, Oxford. The course is designed to give delegates deeper insights into all aspects of the business allowing them to become better managers.

Retail Trust, the only charity that looks after all three million people working in retail, offers free scholarships to all the Oxford Summer School courses, as well as a range of free services to those in need. The Foundation course is open to managers - from supervisory to store level - working in companies of less than 1000 employees.

The intense course comprises a programme of challenging activities, talks and social events. A case study task performed in small groups requires collaborative learning from fellow team members. Insight profiling teaches delegates about themselves as managers and how to improve communication with their staff. A city challenge gets the delegates out of the classroom for a task which demands efficient time management and teamwork for successful completion. Each day, there is a focus on transferring the learning into real action plans to take back to the delegates’ companies.

Industry leaders deliver presentations on leadership, coaching and business styles, which reinforce the learning of the week. This year’s speakers have been confirmed as Jo Walker, Managing Director of The Perfume Shop; Darren Blackhurst, CEO of Matalan; Philip Hesketh, Motivational speaker; Alf Dunbar, Coach and Motivational Speaker, and Patrick Marr, Managing Director of Leading Edge.

Some comments from attendees about the course:

“Life-changing…”

“…helped me grow…”

“…amazing experience that I would recommend to anybody…”

To take advantage of this invaluable opportunity, visit www.retailtrust.org.uk/bira and send in the application form before 9 April 2013 or find out more on the Oxford Summer School website www.oxfordsummerschool.co.uk

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Notes to Editors:

Retail Trust (registered charity numbers 1090136 and SC039684) is the only charity that looks after the needs of all 3 million people working in retail and currently provides grants and services of approximately £1.5 million per annum to people who are working in or have worked in the retail industry or associated businesses.

The Retail Trust Helpline is a free and confidential service that provides vital support and a range of services including: free counselling, free legal advice, free debt advice, redundancy support through their ReWork programme, hardship grants, course funding, as well as retirement housing for retired retailers throughout the UK. The Retail Trust Helpline can be accessed online at www.retailtrust.org.uk/help, by calling 0808 801 0808, emailing helpline@retailtrust.org.uk or by texting the word ‘HELPLINE’ to 88010* with any request or query.

ReWork is a Retail Trust service for people who have been made redundant from retail. The programme (worth over £1,000) helps users identify a career path that suits their needs and can help find potential employers. ReWork offers access to a free Guide to Resolving Redundancy, free Personal Career Coaching and a database of retailers currently recruiting.

The Retail Trust Employee Assistance Programme is the only EAP that is designed specifically for retailers by retailers and is run exclusively for retail and associated businesses. Retail Trust currently has over 120 EAP partners throughout the retail sector and associated businesses and currently looks after over 777,000 staff. www.retailtrust.org.uk/eap

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Retail Trust (registered charity numbers 1090136 and SC039684) is the only charity that looks after the needs of all 3 million people working in retail and currently provides grants and services of approximately £1.5 million per annum to people who are working in or have worked in the retail industry or associated businesses. The Retail Trust Helpline is a free and confidential service that provides vital support and a range of services including: free counseling, free legal advice, free debt advice, redundancy support through their ReWork programme, hardship grants, course funding, as well as retirement housing for retired retailers throughout the UK. The Retail Trust Helpline can be accessed online at www.retailtrust.org.uk/help, by calling 0808 801 0808, emailing helpline@retailtrust.org.uk or by texting the word ‘HELPLINE’ to 88010* with any request or query. In the past year alone, requests coming through to The Retail Trust Helpline for counselling have increased by 125%. Retail staff needing debt advice has increased by 50%. Requests for redundancy support are up 40%, and demand for critical incident support has grown by a massive 229%. ReWork is a Retail Trust service for people who have been made redundant from retail. The programme (worth over £1,000) helps users identify a career path that suits their needs and can help find potential employers. ReWork offers access to a free Guide to Resolving Redundancy, free Personal Career Coaching and Resolving Redundancy Workshops. The Retail Trust Employee Assistance Programme is the only EAP that is designed specifically for retailers by retailers and is run exclusively for retail and associated businesses. Retail Trust currently has over 120 EAP partners throughout the retail sector and associated businesses and currently looks after over 777,000 staff. www.retailtrust.org.uk/eap www.retailtrust.org.ukwww.youtube.com/retailtrustFollow us on twitter @RetailTrustLike us on Facebook www.facebook.com/RetailTrust

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