Page 5: Educational Links
The Arcadia group builds links with schools and supports the Fashion Retail Academy to develop entrepreneurial and retail talent in students.
Links with schools and colleges
To develop its links with communities and students, Arcadia is a major business partner to 50 secondary schools. It provides both financial and business skills support to each of these schools, to support them in their bids to gain specialist status as Business and Enterprise Colleges. An Arcadia employee works with every partner school. He or she will:
- talk to students about retail careers and interview techniques
- provide work experience opportunities for under 16s in local Arcadia stores
- set business studies projects.
Fashion Retail Academy
The Fashion Retail Academy opened in September 2005 in central London and is a training ground for entrepreneurial talent. The ultimate aim is to encourage students to join established fashion retailers or to go on to run their own businesses within the retail industry.
Philip Green said: 'The principal idea and concept for the Fashion Retail Academy is to train and prepare the next generation of young people for the work place by teaching and developing the fundamental skills required in the Retail Industry'.