Students at Chichester College can now benefit from getting hands on work experience, without leaving the campus.
That’s thanks to a new shop which has opened on the Chichester campus, with the support of the college’s Enterprise Society which has provided funding to the project.
The ‘Blissful Bookshop’ will be staffed by business students, who will also benefit from learning book-keeping, marketing and customer service skills as part of the enterprise.
It also brings together staff and students from across the college – the shop fascia and unique till counter was designed and built by carpentry students and given the finishing touches by painting & decorating students. And on Fridays, it will provide a ‘pop-up’ site to sell a variety of student-made products.
The shop is overseen by lecturer Emma McDonald, who – working with Lianne Grogan, the college’s Enterprise co-ordinator - has helped to develop the project.
Chichester College Group Chief Executive Shelagh Legrave OBE cut the ribbon with Executive Principal Andrew Green, officially opening the shop on Monday 4 February.
She said: “We strive to ensure our learners leave college with the tools they need for the world of work, and our new shop another example of how we are aiming to achieve this.
“This is a fantastic project that we hope will benefit students for years to come, as they gain experience and have a real opportunity to put their learning in to practice.
“As well as developing their customer service skills, they will also have to consider the operational side of retail management – from financial to promotional.
“I look forward to seeing the shop go from strength to strength.”