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Training offered for budding market entrepreneurs

Published on Tuesday, October 17, 2017

A NEW training scheme will offer a launch pad for budding traders at Leicester’s popular market.

The five-week course – which is due to begin on Monday 30 October – is being offered by Leicester Adult Skills and Learning and the city council’s markets team.

It will combine hands-on experience of trading on Leicester Market with class-based sessions covering topics including customer service, communication, merchandising, trading standards, health and safety and business skills.

The free course runs three days per week, with three weeks of classroom training and two week’s hands-on experience of running a stall.

Any profits made from the test trading sessions will be donated to the Lord Mayor’s Appeal.

The course is aimed at anyone currently out of working regardless of their age or experience. Every candidate who successfully completes the course will be offered further advice and support if they choose to take up a stall on the market.

Adam Piotrowski, Leicester City Council market development officer, said: “Offering people opportunities for hands-on experience of running a market stall alongside formal classroom training is one way we get more people interested in market trading.

“Running a stall can be a daunting prospect. This new training course aims to overcome that and ensure that the market continues to attract fresh entrepreneurial talent for years to come.”

Up to 15 places will be available on the course.

An information and enrolment session will take place at Jobcentre Plus, Wellington Street (LE1 6DS) on Monday 23 October, from 1pm to 4.30pm.

Places must be booked in advance by emailing andy.mcardle@dwp.gsi.gov.uk (quoting 'MT Leicester' in the subject line)