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Oxford Summer School Offer for Retail Managers

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Retail managers can apply for an intensive "The Apprentice"-style summer school in Oxford aimed at developing potential leaders in the industry.

Any manager earning up to £20,000 and working for a small or medium sized UK retailer can apply to attend the intensive residential course, which carries a bursary from Retail Trust and Skillsmart Retail.

The six-day programme in August, now in its 76th year, includes guest speakers, discussion groups and team working. Each attendee will be able to confront and overcome a variety of challenges that face businesses on a daily basis, from leadership and finance to merchandising and marketing.

Unlike reality TV show The Apprentice there will be no intimidating self-made millionaires, but a variety of inspirational mentors from industry leaders such as B&Q, Tesco and John Lewis.

As with old traditions at Keble College, Oxford, a studious programme of learning is combined with social activities, culminating in the black tie ball held in the college hall.

Retail Trust and Skillsmart Retail's are offering a bursary of £1095 to attend the summer school, but anyone keen to become more than 'the apprentice' needs to act fast. The deadline for entries is the 20 May and the successful applicants will be advised mid June.

An application form and details on how to apply can be secured from Retail Trust on 0845 766 0113 or Skillsmart Retail on 020 7399 3450.

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