learndirect proves perfect fit for fashion chain

learndirect has signed a new deal with nationwide fashion chain Internacionale to help develop their staff through Apprenticeships.

A pilot is currently underway in the North East which will see 10 apprentices gain vocational qualifications in retail, with plans to roll the programme out to Internacionale stores national wide from January.

The retail Apprenticeship will provide staff with the skills they need to progress within their careers, including customer service, sales and team working.

The deal will see learndirect deliver the Apprenticeships predominantly to 16-18-year-old employees within stores, with the option to offer qualifications to head office and warehouse staff in the future.

Sharon Oakes, HR Director at Internacionale said: “At Internacionale we’re really passionate about Apprenticeships as we see them as creating the management of the future. We believe in developing and capitalising on the personalities of our employees to develop them in their roles and this form of training helps us to do that.

“We’re particularly keen to develop the skills of young people within the business. We find they have real enthusiasm and appetite to progress within the company.

learndirect really appealed to us as a training provider because they can offer Apprenticeships nationwide with a broad spectrum of qualifications. The different styles of learning they offer work well within our fast paced business and we were also really impressed with their recent positive Ofsted report.”

Suzana Lopes, Senior Vice President of Sales at learndirect said: “We’re delighted to be working in partnership with Internacionale to provide their staff with the skills they need to flourish. At learndirect we offer a flexible approach to delivering Apprenticeships. Through harnessing the power of technology we’re able to ensure learning fits around shift patterns with minimum disruption to the day-to-day running of the business.”

For more information on how learndirect can help your business develop the staff you need to succeed visit www.learndirect.com/business