You are always welcome to contact us via phone and email or come along to our offices to chat with the team but you can also come along and meet us at the events below
The FUSE Academy is an industry-leading, training programme open and free to anyone currently out of work or looking for a job in the retail and hospitality trade in Scotland.
The series of virtual bitesize training sessions will bring together hospitality and retail experts from all over Scotland, to share their skills, experience, and career progression advice during May.
Specialist speakers will share what they have learned from their years of working their way to the top of the retail and hospitality sectors. Attendees will also have the opportunity to take part in our Virtual FUSE Academy CV and interview workshops to learn how to make themselves stand out from the crowd during the application process.
Thursday, 6 May Session One: My Career in Retail
St James Quarter Managing Director, Nick Peel and Retail Director Gill Moore kick off the Virtual FUSE Academy with an inspiring and informative look at how to carve out a successful career in retail. Nick and Gill will discuss their career history - including roles at Arsenal Football Club and Harvey Nichols Middle East - and share unique insight to help highlight the range of career opportunities available within the industry. There will be a Q&A session at the end of the webinar for those looking for advice to follow in their footsteps.
Thursday, 13 May Session Two: CV Workshop
FUSE Manager Calum Nicol, Department of Working and Pensions Employment Engagement Leader, Lorna Robertson and Community Renewal’s Employment Engagement Officer, Noel Guy give some industry-leading tips on how to create the perfect CV. The trio will call on their years of experience in recruitment to highlight the dos and don’ts when trying to get your foot in the door.
Thursday, 20 May Session Three: Interview Masterclass
Official FUSE partners Skills Development Scotland and Fair Start Scotland will help you shine in interview situations. Employer Service Consultant Laura Stitt will give the golden rules in how to ensure you give the best first impression when meeting perspective employers, how to approach various interview scenarios, how best to prepare and questions you should ask the interview panel.
Thursday, 27 May Session Four: Expert Brand Panel
The Final session The FUSE Academy, will bring together some of the best brands from Edinburgh’s St James Quarter. You will hear from Bross Bagels, Bonnie and Wild, the PVH Group, who represent Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger and St James Quarter Marketing & Brand Director Rochelle Burgess.
Panel members will discuss their careers in retail and hospitality, their companies’ values and career opportunities in the sector. The panel will also open the floor to take questions, giving attendees a unique opportunity to gain a deeper insight and understanding into growing successful brands in retail and hospitality.