Be your own boss – start a shop on your high street
At vInspired, we’re always developing creative and imaginative ways to support young people to develop the skills to succeed. We already know that volunteering can help young people to develop a wide range of work-based skills to make you more employable.
From team work to communication skills, planning to problem-solving – volunteering is a brilliant way to get work-ready while making a difference to causes you care about.
Lately, we’ve been thinking a lot about high streets. One year on from the anniversary of the London riots, we wanted to develop opportunities to connect young people in positive ways to their local high streets.
Many high streets now have empty shops, which are lying empty and unloved. With the help of passionate and creative volunteers, we think we can turn these spaces into exciting and imaginative retail hubs at the heart of the community.
High levels of unemployment are still a major challenge for young people, and we wanted to do something about this too – by giving young people the chance to gain valuable work experience and relevant skills to help with finding work.
Get retail ready
Retail Ready People is an exciting, free 12 week programme, which gives you the chance to design and launch your own shop on the high street. We’ll secure a shop or retail unit on the high street and we’ll hand the keys to you and your team.
Working with a team of volunteers, you’ll develop a range of retail and enterprise skills that will help your CV to sparkle. Together, you’ll learn about;
• Shop branding, marketing and PR / promotion
• Products, pricing strategies and profit / loss
• Customer service and teamwork
• The challenges and opportunities of running your own shop!
Our first two shops will be opening in Enfield (North London) and Brighton. So, if you’re interested in being your own boss, apply to join Retail Ready People today.
The deadline for applications is Monday 3 September 2012.
The National Young Volunteers Service
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