Trading UP


Area’s support can be offered

Sandwell   Dudley   Wolverhampton   Central   Walsall

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Where is it?

Vacant retail unit


One week Monday to Friday. 9.00 to 4.00

Overview of Support offered

Are you looking for a job? Do you want real evidence of what you are capable of achieving? Are you keen to identify and build your skills and confidence by getting some real life experience? This is an event for anyone looking for work, and hoping to brush up on all the attitudes and skills employers are looking for.

Like on the TV “Apprentice”, you join a team to run a project making money from nothing. You start with a completely empty shop. Between you, and with stock provided, you turn the space into an exciting retail experience, open for business, and see how much you can make. You will have access to antiques, collectables, donated goods and a national company’s brand new products at wholesale prices. With this you will have the stock required to design and set up a real shopping experience in the heart of the town’s busiest retail centre.

Along the way you also learn about team building, market research, business planning, stock control, advertising and direct marketing, customer service, cash flow, and lots more. You will have ownership of the whole project and make decisions about layout display pricing and have the opportunity at experiences that any other project couldn’t start to provide.

During your time on the project, we will also help you with applying for real jobs. We’ll help you find jobs to apply for, and support you through the application process. We can help you fill in an application form and put a good C.V. together. We can also advise you what to wear and what to say at interviews, and give you some practice interview experience.

Even if you don’t fancy working in retail, you will gain all sorts of skills to help in finding the right job for you.

What do you have to do? Come and join us for a week in the centre of town and find out what you can achieve. You will surprise yourself!

Is this activity linked to;

Increasing confidence   Increasing motivation   Increasing Optimism   Improving employability

Where does this support fit into my journey?

Engagement   This is me   I’m up for it   I’m ready   I’m on my way

Session type

Individual   Group
Minimum No. 5   Maximum No. 15

What equipment should I bring?


Outcomes expected


  • Endless experiences and an up to date work related reference.
  • Employability and transferrable skills.