John Lewis to offer degree-equivalent qualifications
After the successful launch of their apprenticeship programme last year, renowned retailer John Lewis has introduced new degree-equivalent qualifications.
The department store already offers a range of internal vocational programmes, and this new scheme is said to be in place by the end of the year. Aimed at John Lewis senior management, the staff will be able to study for a level six vocational qualification at the “University of John Lewis”. The degree will be the equivalent of an honours degree and will be a step up from their existing programme, in which staff can progress to level five.
Personnel director for John Lewis, Laura Whyte, said: “There is an old-fashioned view that retail doesn’t offer people long-term career opportunities, but that is just no longer the case. The aspiration for the University of John Lewis is to provide choice to our workforce by matching them with the right level of qualification and help them achieve their career goals.”
In addition to this, the “University of John Lewis” will also offer training and development programmes. These skills programmes will include leadership training, product knowledge and line management.
Last year, 1,330 John Lewis partners successfully achieved a retail diploma and they are hoping this new qualification offer will be just as successful.
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For more information, visit the John Lewis website here.