Our charity shop/stock collection operation will create a learning environment where service users are trained and assessed through a nationally recognised skills accredited programme. This Borders College Programme is called the Ready for Retail Award and is certified by NCFE. The Awards are on the Scottish Credit & Qualifications Framework (SCQF) at levels 1 and 2. To complete the full award candidates must achieve 5 units. These will include Basic Work Skills, Customer Care, Health and Safety, Recycling, Interview Techniques and optional units in Stock Display and Operating a Cash Register. Candidates can also be accredited for individual units.

The programme normally takes a year to complete but this is dependent on the service userís needs and capabilities and there will be a certain degree of flexibility on the timescale. SCQF Level 1 candidates may have support to achieve the learning outcomes. Staff at the retail outlet carry out the training and assessments and are themselves trained and supported by a Borders College training consultant.

Every candidate will have a completed portfolio including photographic evidence. This is a valuable testament to their achievements and may be used at job interviews, as a tool for working or further developing their skills or moving onto college or employment. It also may be used as a means of communicating their skills to family and friends.

Any prospective trainee can find out more about Basic Skills courses provided by Borders College at www.bcconsultants.co.uk

All Together Edinburgh (all together)
Registered in Scotland - Registered Number SC377787 - Scottish Charity Number SC041816
7 New Tower Place, Edinburgh EH15 1TS