Skills Shop celebrates Second Birthday

Trafford College's Skills Shop celebrating its second birthday

Trafford College’s Skills Shop has celebrated its second birthday at the world famous Intu Trafford Centre.

The Skills Shop, which opened its doors in September 2013, has seen a number of businesses at the region’s most famous shopping centre benefit from access to world class skills solutions for their industry, and has rapidly become a one-stop shop for independent retailers and larger chains looking to enhance the skills of their employees. Programmes include pre-employment training, apprenticeships and masterclasses.

Since its opening, the centre has welcomed thousands of visitors through its doors for advice and guidance, and has seen hundreds of students complete qualifications and progress onto full-time employment, as well as further qualifications.

The College has enjoyed a strong working relationship with Intu Trafford Centre since its launch in 1998 when the College helped deliver training to staff recruited for the opening, and has continued to deliver a huge range of qualifications to the centre’s workforce. The Skills Shop is proud to be working with a large number of employers from the centre including Debenhams, Sketchers, Hotel Chocolat and EAT. to name but a few, helping in the recruitment and training of staff, and ensuring businesses maintain a competitive edge.

Trafford College Skills Shop

Retail Coordinator & Skills Shop Manager, Jemma Lees, commented,It has been a wonderful two years for the Skills Shop and we are proud to be supporting so many businesses at Intu Trafford Centre with their recruitment needs. We look forward to continuing to deliver a high quality range of programmes alongside our partners here at the centre, that will help train local individuals to develop the skills needed to progress into employment.”

Joining in with the birthday celebrations was one of the Skills Shop’s current students, Kenneth Miller from Eccles. He commented, “Before I came to the Skills Shop, I had been unemployed since Christmas and it had really knocked my confidence in many ways. Since coming here my confidence has really grown and my people and communication skills have really improved. The Skills Shop provides a calming and comfortable environment to train in, and I would highly recommend it to anybody who is looking for a job.”

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Trafford College is a leading provider of education and training in Greater Manchester. With a £50m investment in world-class facilities, an innovative approach to learning and exceptional links with some of the borough’s most significant employers, students are given a platform from which they can achieve their full potential.