Apprenticeships and Business Skills for Young People

Every young person has special talent; our talent is uncovering it.

We work with local authorities, job centres and training providers to match young people without jobs with suitable employers.

Retail Revival has its own apprentice, Sean, a gifted musician with a warm and unique personality. We carry an upright piano with us at every opportunity so that Sean can shine; it causes a scene on the tube but it increases the shopper dwell time in the towns where he performs!

Our ‘Fired Up’ apprenticeship programme provides one week of training and mentoring for unemployed people between the ages of 16-24. It is based around a real business challenge to buy and acquire products then modify and up-cycle them to sell in vintage and antiques markets.

Candidates need to carry out real market research and write a business plan to present to a ‘banker’. When they have secured finance, they then buy and modify second hand and vintage products to make them appealing to their identified target customer. On the final day of the challenge the candidates sell their wares in markets across the capital and Home Counties; any profit made is theirs on the day; any skills learned are theirs for life!