Apprenticeships the N Brown way

7 November 2017  

Salford City College are delighted to be supporting N Brown, one of the UK’s leading online retailers, in implementing their new talent development strategy. 

Aligned to the apprenticeship reforms, N Brown, best known for brands such as JD Williams, Jacamo and Simply Be, have invested significant effort and energy into making sure one of the key reforms, the apprenticeship levy, works in harmony with how they want to develop their staff and culture. 

With a planned roll out of apprenticeship provision across all areas of their business, N Brown plan to develop both new and current staff. They have selected the most appropriate apprenticeship programmes for their skill development needs, and procured a small number of providers who best fit with their culture and values.

Allan Milne, Head of Apprenticeship & Business Development at Salford City College is delighted with the developing partnership. He said: “N Brown is a leading online fashion retailer, with over 140 years of experience.

“A critical element of the partnership has been ensuring that we truly understand the N Brown culture, values and methods, so we can integrate this into our delivery programmes.” 

Salford City College staff have spent time in all areas of the N Brown business fostering this understanding. Allan along with Chris Wiley, Head of Apprenticeship Delivery, have even spent time in one of the N Brown call centres, observing international communications with customers from the United States.

Clare Jay, Apprentice Lead at N Brown commented: “At N Brown we take talent development incredible seriously. In a competitive marketplace, our people really do make a huge difference to our business. It is vital that we continually invest in the skills our business needs to be successful.

“Apprenticeships offer a great way for us to develop new and existing staff.  Our partnership with Salford City College is exciting and innovative.”

Interested in an apprenticeship, or becoming one of our apprenticeship partners, get in touch: apprenticeships@salfordcc.ac.uk.

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