Barnet EBP & Brent Cross

3 Aug 2015

Barnet Education Business Partnership is a fantastic organisation that Brent Cross have supported for over 12 years. The EBP team link schools and businesses to deliver a variety of work related learning programmes that develop young people whilst enhancing their employability.
Members of the Brent Cross management team are involved in a range of programmes from Interview Skills and CV advice to specific masterclasses in finance or media. Centre volunteers specialise in Operations, Facilities, Environmental, Marketing and Administration, so the events have the extra advantage of showcasing the wide range of career opportunities available within retail. 

The students are extremely familiar with Brent Cross having grown up locally and so enjoy the additional insight behind the scenes. Most students think about 20-30 staff work for the centre directly – it is actually over 150!

Hammerson provide further support through the Retail Challenge Programme that takes place at Brent Cross. The event, aimed at Year 12 Business students, is currently in its 9th year. Competing teams from schools across Barnet are mentored by a centre retailer to develop a solution to a specific retail case study. One of this year’s judges, Tom Nathan, General Manager at Brent Cross said: “This is a fantastic event which consistently generates great feedback from students, their teachers and the retailers involved. At the end of the day, students leave us with more knowledge of the retail world and some are inspired to choose it as a career for the future.”

A number of Brent Cross retailers also provide invaluable support to a range of the work-related learning opportunities - particularly Fenwick, John Lewis, Waitrose, Banana Republic, Topshop, McDonalds, White Company, Leon and WH Smith. 

For further details on Barnet EBP please visit