Shop Direct partners university for digital careers

Shop Direct has struck an employability partnership with the University of Liverpool.

The partnership will see the Liverpool-based retailer and financial services provider develop a joint programme of activity with the university across science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and other business-related subjects, such as marketing and finance.

This will include working with academics to embed real world business projects into course modules and offering internship opportunities and graduate roles to the university’s students.

Shop Direct will also support a series of events led by the university’s careers and employability team, at which the retailer’s leaders will talk to students about their career journeys to provide inspiration, support and advice on maximising employability.

ShopDirect’s retail brands - including Littlewoods and Very - receive an average of 1.5 million website visits every day, with 79 per cent of online sales completed on mobile devices.

Helen Miller, talent, culture and communications director at Shop Direct, said: “We’re proud to partner with the University of Liverpool to develop the next generation of talent.

“We also want to show students that the North West is a hub for great tech and data careers, and specifically encourage more young women to apply for roles in these fields at businesses like Shop Direct.”

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