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The Prince’s Trust – Get into Retail

Our Get into Retail programme with the Prince’s Trust in Northern Ireland helps young disadvantaged people to develop employability skills within retail. As part of the programme we offer approximately 30 internships every year. Since the beginning of the programme, we have had a high retention rate with 72 participants offered full time employment contracts.

Designed for candidates aged 18-30 years who are keen on a career in retail and who are currently not in education, training or employment, it supports employment and education while recognising the needs of those who do not pursue further education. Benefits include the provision of practical experience in a retail environment in Northern Ireland, direct training for a variety of roles and the provision of full travel expenses.

‘Our Get into Retail programme with the Prince’s Trust in Northern Ireland has been running for a number of years now. One of our core objectives as a leading retailer in Northern Ireland is to provide equal opportunities to all and develop our employees to reach their full potential. This programme supports this objective and brings us closer to our communities year on year. In the last few years, we have had over 150 candidates particpate in the programme, with over 70 offered full-time employment plus 5 particpants recieveing promotions within their first year! It is a valued programme of ours and one which we look forward to seeing continue to grow’ – Leah McConnell, Training & Development Manager, Lidl Northern Ireland.


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