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From shop floor to top floor

From shop floor to top floor

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A report which explores the social factors which impact on career progression in the retail sector has been published by Leeds Metropolitan University

Academics from the University were commissioned to conduct research by Yorkshire-based Morrisons Supermarket to investigate the factors which impact on career progression and the effect of these on the social mobility of Morrisons’ staff.
A report which explores the social factors which impact on career progression in the retail sector has been published by Leeds Metropolitan University

Academics from the University were commissioned to conduct research by Yorkshire-based Morrisons Supermarket to investigate the factors which impact on career progression and the effect of these on the social mobility of Morrisons’ staff.

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 January 2011For immediate releaseFrom shop floor to top floor 
 A report which explores the social factors which impact on career progression in theretail sector has been published by Leeds Metropolitan University Academics from the University were commissioned to conduct research byYorkshire-based Morrisons Supermarket to investigate the factors which impact oncareer progression and the effect of these on the social mobility of Morrisons¶ staff.The researchers found that the retail sector has an important role to play inconnecting people at the risk of exclusion and has the potential to raise skills levelsand provide an important contribution to both the individuals and society. The studyalso found that sector provides employment opportunities for people from a variety of social backgrounds, often providing local jobs for people living in disadvantagedcommunities.The report explores sustainable progression, drawing on the employment and labour market experiences of employees at Morrisons who, having started on the µshopfloor¶ have progressed to senior management levels in the company and is based ontheir µlife stories¶ to identify the key factors associated with a successful career at thefood retailer.
 
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ne of the authors of the report, Leeds Business School Research Fellow, DavidDevins explains: ³There now appears to be widespread consensus that progressionin the labour market is a key factor in addressing social mobility. There remains aneed to recognise and understand the nature of the Human Resource Developmentpolicies and practices adopted by employers and the impact that these can have onprogression.Norman Pickavance, Group HR Director at Morrisons, adds: ³There is a growingunderstanding that job mobility and career development are key factors which impactupon social mobility outcomes. Within Morrisons we believe that there are livingexamples of how this can work effectively and how the learning from this can beapplied further not just to the benefit of the Company and its staff but to the wider economic horizon too.´³Radical thinking about the provision of skills training is long overdue. Businessesneed more freedom to set up programmes and more autonomy over what theyteach, provided they deliver against agreed standards. Government and businesshave a shared responsibility to ensure that the UK has the right skills developmentframework for the future. We also need a much closer connection betweenqualifications and business requirements if we are to build a skilled workforce todrive economic recovery.´The study was carried out by the Human Resources Development and Leadership(HRDL) Unit and Policy Research Institute (PRI) at Leeds Business School. To findout more or read the report in full please visitwww.leedsmet.ac.uk/fbl/social_mobility.htm 
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For further details please contact Mark Dorey in the News and Media team at LeedsMet on 0113 812 23021 or emailm.dorey@leedsmet.ac.uk 
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