Apprenticeship Levy, Case studies

Launch of the Corndel – British Retail Consortium Leadership and Management programmes for Joules

20 August 2019 by IHTBB_Admin

In July 2019, Corndel launched the very first joint Corndel-British Retail Consortium programme with British clothing retailer, Joules.  We were delighted to enroll over 35 managers across our Level 3 and Level 5 Corndel Diplomas in Leadership and Management.

Implementing these programmes was a huge achievement for Joules who has been focusing on creating a dynamic learning culture since the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy. After executing training to their retail stores, Joules has now successfully launched a cross-functional head office programme delivered by Corndel.

Corndel hosted a full induction day, bringing the first group of learners together. The day combined interactive group activities to understand Joules’ strategic objectives, with networking opportunities over lunch and a chance to meet the Professional Development Experts, who will be working with learners on a one-to-one basis throughout their course.

Ally Riley, Learning and Development Partner, Joules, introduced the Level 5 induction day by sharing her retail journey, transitioning from a Sales Assistant to a Retail Manager without any formal training. Her experience cemented a passion and need for learning and training. This drove her to launch the Corndel Leadership and Management Diplomas as part of Joules’ wider people strategy.

Over the next 13-months, delegates will be paired with Corndel Professional Development Experts (PDEs) who will be delivering first class coaching to Joules managers. The PDEs come from extensive retail backgrounds, including a coach who has 22 years’ experience at Arcadia as Regional Director with responsibility for the flagship Topshop Oxford Street store.

James Cockbill L&D Manager shared his excitement about the programme launch and Joules reasons for selecting the British Retail Consortium and Corndel to deliver this training: “I’m pleased to work with the BRC and Corndel launching a programme that will provide fabulous opportunity for our colleagues to learn and develop as leaders that continue to drive our business forward. It was important for Joules to have collaborated with people who know about retail and the types of challenges and experiences we as a business come across but more importantly to relate to the develop needs of our colleagues. We have a great team of mentors and coaches, and know this will create great success stories for our business and the individuals on the programme.”

Overall the two launch days were a huge success. We are delighted to be working with the British Retail Consortium to deliver Leadership and Management training, designed for retail organisations like Joules.

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