West London Retails Skills Hub launch

Image above: West London Business

West London retailers, charities and educators have united in a bid to get more young people into local jobs

Retailers, charities and educators have launched a brand new concept called the West London Retail Skills Hub. The hub will be launching at Westfield White City on Thursday 6 June.

The West London Retail Skills Hub will be a new resource developed by Westfield, the charity Spark! and West London College, supported by Ethos Farm, Inspire ATA and West London Business, to support people of all ages to start or grow their career in retail.

The skills hub is funded through investment from the public and private sectors. The entrance to the hub will be next door to John Lewis & Partners.

Image above: Retail workers from West London Business

Goal to inspire job seekers and give them training

West London Business (WLB) are a business-led leadership forum, with members including Heathrow and Amazon Web Services, as well as Fuller, Smith & Turner and Bigham’s. WLB has 15,000+ supporters and convenes 30+ events per annum, including the West London Business Awards.

West London Business say:

“The Hub will develop over the next year to provide world-class retail training – including employment support and specialist retail programmes – for the local community. Jobseekers looking for careers in retail can email retailskillshub@wlc.ac.uk to schedule an appointment with an advisor.”

Speaking about the launch, Katie Wyle, Head of Shopping Centre Management, Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield, said:

“We are thrilled to announce the opening of the new Retail Skills Hub at Westfield London, which represents a significant step forward in redefining retail as a dynamic and rewarding career path.

“Our goal is to not only support our retail tenants by providing well-trained staff but also to inspire job seekers and employees with the diverse opportunities the retail sector offers. Through targeted outreach, recruitment support, and comprehensive training programs, we aim to showcase retail as a viable and exciting career choice.”

Karen Redhead OBE, CEO & Principal, West London College, added:

“West London College is proud to be a key partner in the West London Retail Skills Hub. This exciting initiative opens up invaluable opportunities for the local community to gain essential skills and experience for a thriving career in retail. By collaborating with local businesses, the Hub empowers us to further inspire and drive economic success in the region through high-quality education and skills development.”

Matt Lent, CEO of Spark! shared:

“Spark! is delighted to be a partner in the new Retail Skills Hub, based in the heart of the largest shopping centre in Europe, Westfield London. This resource is a game changer for retailers and young people alike, connecting employers with their future talent and creating the employability skills and pathways into rewarding careers for young people.”

For more information and to register to attend click here.