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aston centre for retail insights - retail talent programme

The Retail Talents Program functions as a platform where our retail expert students meet retail practice. 

How it works

The Retail Talents Programme is an integrated 4-year undergraduate programme that aims to:

  • Select and educate future leaders in retailing
  • Disseminate retail-specific knowledge
  • Engage students and retailers in a mutually beneficial, long-term relationship
  • Offers recruitment opportunities for retailers and placement opportunities for students
  • Creates and nurtures a network of retail experts. 

Programme Outline

  • Year One: Orientation
    • Explore different retail opportunities, joint examination with retailer
      • November/December: Kick-off meeting with all first year students
      • February: Speed networking event with retail partners and placement students
      • Easter break: Opportunity for short work experience placements
      • May/June: Retail skills talk and networking event

  • Year Two: Deciding 
    • Narrowing down retailers to do a placement with, complete application process, get selected.
      • November/December: Retail Jobs Fair
      • After jobs fare: Application and selection for placement year
      • April: How to make most of the placement year workshop with former placement students 
      • May/June: Retail skills talk and networking event

  • Year 3: Placement 
    • Working in retail on Aston's pioneering placement year programme.
      • Work experience in retailing
      • Dedicated placement tutor
      • April: Feedback from placement students
      • May/June: Retail skills talk and networking event

  • Year 4: Networking
    • Keeping in touch with key contacts made during the retail placement and completing a joint dissertation project.
      • November/December: Placement students engage in Retail Jobs Fair
      • February: Speed networking event with retail partners and placement students
      • April: Knowledge exchange current/future placement students
      • May/June: Retail skills talk and networking event

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