The new course hopes to bring a sizable jobs boost to Scotland’s retail and hospitality industries.
Working closely with over 140 fashion brands, FUSE is set to bring a unique Retail Fashion, Marketing and Branding course to Edinburgh College this year - the first time the London based retail education specialist has supported a venture outside of London.
As the retail and hospitality industries look to recover from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the news that more than 450 new jobs will be recruited for initially at St James Quarter comes as a welcome boost - with the capital city destination also planning to sustain a total of 3,000 new roles as it continues to grow.
The Fashion Retail Academy, awarded Ofsted Outstanding, is the quickest route to a career in fashion retail. Founded by retail giants, the Academy offers a range of exclusive fashion courses with unparalleled industry involvement to ensure students gain the skills and contacts needed to successfully progress to employment.
Funding from St James Quarter has allowed Edinburgh College to work exclusively with Fashion Retail Academy to develop this brand-new programme - starting on 25th January - to jump start Scottish students with a passion for fashion into the world of retail.
For the first time ever, the London based retail education specialist will provide its expertise and specialism through the development of this exclusive course, as part of a long term plan to enhance Edinburgh’s talent pipeline for retail roles – both for within St James Quarter and beyond.
The course will incorporate a range of topics and will have a specific focus on the best ways to meet the needs of retailers, drawing on the most up-to-date research on the retail workforce and accounting for the acceleration of current trends brought about by the pandemic.
Once completed, all students will achieve a SCQF Level 5 qualification in Retail Fashion, Branding and Marketing and will be supported by St James Quarter in helping to find work within the retail industry.
Rochelle Burgess, Marketing Director at St James Quarter, said: “This partnership has been years in the making and we’re delighted to finally bring this course to life and to Edinburgh for the first time. With all the leading brands coming to St James Quarter, there’s lots of employment opportunities coming too – this is an incredible way to support our local graduates, nurture local talent and bring a globally recognised curriculum to our city.
“After a very challenging year, one of our key focuses is to boost the Scottish retail industry and help the next generation receive the opportunities and support they need to work within it.
“Partnering with Edinburgh College and Fashion Retail Academy is a very exciting project for us and we’re looking forward to seeing how the students develop throughout the duration of the course.”
Calum Nicol, FUSE Manager, added: “At FUSE, we’re committed to providing a leading service for both employers and employees - helping to match recruits with the needs of employers. Our diverse and experienced team allows us to stay at the forefront of recruitment needs, with our in-depth knowledge of all sectors placing the most suitable candidates in the most suitable positions.
“After such a difficult period for these industries, FUSE hopes to be a beacon of hope for those seeking employment and career opportunities at such a challenging time.”
For any retail and fashion enthusiasts looking for more details or interested in signing up for the course visit: https://cutt.ly/ZjRok6v
St James Quarter is set to open the first phase of its retail, dining and leisure elements in spring of 2021 which underscores the Sc