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Press Release - 20 August 2007

Retail work opportunities to be showcased at careers event

Local people who want to work in retail can find out about the opportunities and training available to them at a two-day careers event hosted by the University of Bath in Swindon and South West Retail Centre of Vocational Excellence.

‘Return to Retail’ will run on Tuesday 18 September at the South West Retail Centre of Vocational Excellence (COVE) and on Wednesday 19 September at the University’s Oakfield campus.

The free event is open to all adults, with or without retail experience, who are interested in finding out about the range of jobs in retail at all levels.

Speakers at the event include Bernie Maguire, Operations Director of inSwindon, the management company for the Swindon Town Centre Business Improvement District, who will give people an overview of retail developments in Swindon.

McDonald’s Director, Paul Booth, Branch Manager of Waterstone’s, Joanne Heavens, and Kevin Salter, Lead Bookseller, will give an insider’s guide to working in the sector, plus hints and tips on making a successful job application.

A number of other large local employers, including PC World, will also be involved with the event.

Activities will include a competition for the most imaginative window dressing, with prizes for the best display created from an assortment of everyday objects.

People will also be able to get information about setting up their own business and one-to-one careers information and advice.

“The event is a chance for people to explore the wide-ranging careers and opportunities within retail,” said Janet Lonsdale, Widening Participation Officer at the University. “It’s ideal for people who are looking for a new career, for people interested in training, or people returning to work after a career break.”

To book a free place, including lunch, please contact Janet Lonsdale at the University of Bath in Swindon on 01793 328807 or email Please contact Janet to find out about funded childcare for the event.

The event is organised by the University’s Broadening Participation team in conjunction with the South West Retail Centre of Vocational Excellence.

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