The Retailer Spring_09.05_FA

Preeti Sumal from John Lewis Partnership encourages other retailers to capitalise upon the “phenomenal opportunity afforded by apprenticeships”.

A partnership approach The government, the sector and training providers all play a role in making apprenticeships work. As a training provider we have a responsibility to design innovative apprenticeship programmes which meet the specific and varied needs of our retail partners. Preeti Sumal: “We’re in the second year of working with Babcock and of delivering apprenticeship standards. In this time, we’ve developed a progressive programme and seen a real mix of people sign up. “We’ve a better understanding of what it means to be an apprentice and we’re beginning to see the benefits to our business. We’ve improved engagement with our line managers and are reversing traditional views of apprenticeships. And the commitment to our business is strengthened among those Partners who participate.” The message is clear. When apprenticeship programmes dovetail with other L&D activity, they’re a great way to attract, retain and develop talent.

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