Top 5 Reasons to Study Retail

Retail courses at Edinburgh College let you learn the ins and outs of the retail industry including:

Staff Management

Customer Care

Communication

Merchandising

Selling Skills

Retail Operations

Reason 1

1. VARIETY

Not only do these units give you the skills for work within the industry, these can be used in a variety of types of retail. So if you are looking to work in a shop selling the latest gadgets or selling cakes for weddings these skills provide you with a variety of job options to explore. Retail courses at Edinburgh College give you transferable skills that you can use in a variety of industries and in the general world of work. Creating rotas, deciding sales targets, engaging with customers and making your workplace attractive to customers are all valuable abilities to have within any job role.

“The retail industry in 2017 contributed £194 billion to the UK’s economic output.”

Reason 2

2.  GET HANDS-ON EXPERIENCE

Some of our retail courses include a practical element, giving your hands on experience in the Edinburgh College Pop Up Shop selling a range of products from clothing, food and jewellery. This allows you and your classmates will run the shop together: managing roles, delegating tasks, engaging with real customers and handling and processing transactions.

“In 2016 the retail sector employed 4.9 million people.”

Reason 33. LEARN KNOWLEDGE FROM OTHER INDUSTRIES

In our Introduction to Retail, Events & Tourism course, you will learn how to operate a retail business within the UK as well as worldwide, giving you a taste of international business and the tourism industry. You will learn how to coordinate and schedule events for retail companies, which help you to improve your organisation and management skills. You will be involved in learning how to use IT software such as Microsoft Office and how to effectively communicate to other members of your team and business partners.

Reason 4

4. USE YOUR CREATIVE MIND

Retailing with Fashion NC is a nationally recognised programme which combines retailing with fashion elements; create and design your own fashion elements and learn how to stock, manage and sell them. This course will give you the basic principles of marketing how to identify your audience and align your business to satisfy their needs. Visual merchandising consists of using a blend of psychological and design skills to decide how your shop window and floor are presented to your customers.

Reason 5

5. FAST-TRACK TO BECOME A MANAGER

Retail Management HND refines the skills learned to prepare you for the role of a manager. This allows you to understand financial accounting statements including sales and expenditure and gain knowledge on retail law, what is legal to advertise to customers and making sure your shop environment meets the correct standards.

Retail courses amount to much more than training and knowledge towards the retail industry, they give you the life skills, team work and practical experiences to use in any work place or industry.

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Source:

House of Commons Briefing Paper – The retail industry: statistics and policy (March 21, 2018)