STUDENTS will be learning their trade from the shop floor after a college teamed up with a supermarket giant.
New College Durham has forged links with national supermarket chain Sainsbury’s to launch a new further education qualification.
The Level 3 Business and Retail course, a one year 90 Credit Diploma, will give students hands-on experience as well as an understanding of retail.
Jennifer Fullard, curriculum manager for business and retail at New College Durham, said: “Retail is a booming industry and is seen as an excellent career choice with good prospects.
“We are delighted to be working in partnership with Sainsbury’s to give our students the opportunity to get first-hand experience of the retail environment with one of the big four supermarkets.
“In addition to this, students will also receive first-hand knowledge from those already developing their career at Sainsbury’s. I am extremely excited about this programme and the opportunities it presents.” Sainsbury’s at the Arnison Centre in Durham will offer students work placement opportunities and first-hand experience of aspects such as the business environment, stock control and visual merchandising.
The retailer will also send guest speakers into the college to talk to students about careers with Sainsbury’s.