The first apprentices for the ESCT sponsored BCSC RETAIL PATH programme commenced their training in November 2015. On the left of the photograph are the new recruits at Highcross shopping centre in Leicester, and below, the three trainees at the Pyramids shopping centre in Birkenhead. ESCT are proud to be able to offer support to this ambitious and much needed training programme in the retail industry and send their best wishes to these young people who will get a much appreciated start to a career.
The Trustees of ESCT have agreed to contribute £5,000 per year for three years towards ‘Retail Path’, an innovative initiative by the British Council of Shopping Centres (BCSC) to provide young people much needed start to a career path in the retail and shopping centre industry.
BCSC and the BCSC Education Trust are undertaking a collaboration with NSA for Retail to create an apprenticeship scheme called ‘Retail Path’ – an introduction to the retail world (both in retail and shopping centre management) that will provide a solid foundation and a career path for young people with recognised educational qualifications in the UK http://www.retailpath.org/partners/.
The scheme is UK focused for the initial pilot scheme and is partly funded by: a) the British Government, b) BCSCET c) the employers providing the training spaces in the work place and d) ESCT though sponsorship.
ESCT’s collaboration with BCSCET is an important opportunity to extend our remit into a much needed educational area. Both BCSC and ESCT would welcome contributions to our funds to allow further involvement and support of our educational aims. Retail Path is very altruistic and it’s great to be part of something that can benefit young people from backgrounds that are possibly not as positive as we ourselves have enjoyed.
ICSC European Retail Property School, Berlin 7-11 July 2014 – Master Class
On Wednesday, 9 July Bertrand Courtois-Suffit, European Shopping Centre Trust (ESCT) Vice Chair and former Chair of the European Advisory Board of ICSC, will introduce the ERPS Master Class on behalf of ICSC and the ESCT to recognise those students that have received a scholarship donated by the ESCT. The ESCT aims to support the attainment of professional education and help further the career development of the Next Generation of professionals.
Josip Kardun is the confirmed speaker for the Master Class. In February 2014 he was appointed as Chief Operating Officer at Atrium European Real Estate, a leading owner, operator and developer of retail real estate and shopping centres in Central and Eastern Europe. Additionally, Josip acts as Deputy Chief Executive Officer and has joined Atrium’s Group Executive Management Team.
Josip, who sits on the Executive Board of ICSC Europe and is past Chair of ICSC Next Generation Committee, is a highly experienced retail property professional with a strong international operational and transactional track record.