Anthony bags retail role thanks to South Liverpool traineeship

Published: 9 January 2017

Twenty-two year-old South Liverpool resident Anthony has secured a part-time position at New Mersey Retail Park thanks to a successful traineeship with The Source Academy.

Part-time university student Anthony attended the five-week course following an open day at South Liverpool Homes' Reach enterprise hub in Parklands, Speke.

The course gave Anthony and his fellow trainees Level 1 qualifications in retail and health and safety, followed by a two-week retail placement, gaining customer service skills and confidence along the way.

Anthony is a student at Salford University but is looking for a career in commission-based sales when he graduates, so saw the traineeship as a great way to acquire skills and experience and get a foot in the door at the successful South Liverpool shopping park, which is currently expanding to offer an 11-screen cinema and a fabulous choice of new restaurants alongside its current retail and dining options.  

Employers were impressed following his placement and as a result Anthony secured a part-time position with electrical retailer Currys.

“The experience I’ve gained over the last five weeks has been invaluable,” said a delighted Anthony. “My work placement at Currys has really helped me to get a foot on the career ladder too!”  

Neil Ashcroft, New Mersey Retail Manager said, “The local young people who took part have been some of the best candidates we have had. Nine out of 10 people who took part in the traineeship have gained employment, this is the best outcome nationally and we will certainly be doing more traineeships throughout the year.”

For more information on traineeships and apprenticeships in South Liverpool contact Laura at Reach on 0151 285 5604 or email