Every little helps: Tesco supports college’s new pop-up shop

Published: December 1, 2017

Supermarket chain Tesco has helped Telford College to launch a new festive pop-up shop at its Haybridge Road campus.

The shop, which is trading until December 14, has been created by the college’s foundation learning team to showcase some of the students’ work, and offer them realistic retail work experience thanks to Tesco.

Tesco | Telford College | Jilly Rogers and Tanya Munsah with Telford College students Connor Norbury and Byron Smith

Tesco | Telford College | Jilly Rogers and Tanya Munsah with Telford College students Connor Norbury and Byron Smith

Lecturer Kristy Stuart said: “We created our first pop-up shop last year to provide learners with the chance of realistic work experience in a supportive environment, and it was a huge success.

“This year we were looking to collaborate more closely with local businesses to provide further progression routes for learners, and are thrilled to have received support from our local Tesco store.”

Tesco’s local ‘community champions’ Jilly Rogers and Tanya Munsah arrived at the campus with a host of donated goods to fill the shelves of the pop-up shop with stationery, gifts and seasonal goods.

As well as helping to stock the shelves, they also met some of the Telford College learners who will be offered placements at Tesco in the new year as part of a new collaboration with the college.

Kristy said: “I am really excited about this link, especially after seeing how the learners responded to the Tesco community champions when they came to visit.

“The ladies have said they will come in to spend time with learners in the pop-up shop to build up relationships with those who may find it difficult to go out on placements.

“I think this will have a huge impact to encourage learners to carry out an external work placement with them.”

She added: “The pop-up shop has been set up on a minimal budget, but the overall outcomes have exceeded all expectations. Long may it continue.”

Jilly said Tesco was keen to support people with various levels of abilities from Telford College, and would be looking to place its first intake of learners from January.

Telford College principal Graham Guest said: “We are really grateful to the team from Tesco for helping to build confidence in our foundation learners by giving them realistic and meaningful employment opportunities.”

Tesco | Telford College | Unloading the Tesco donations for the pop-up shop, at the Haybridge Road campus

Tesco | Telford College | Unloading the Tesco donations for the pop-up shop, at the Haybridge Road campus