The Watches of Switzerland Group, parent company of Goldsmiths, Mappin & Webb and Watches of Switzerland, is touring schools throughout the UK in a new community programme that aims to help inspire young talent.
The first leg of the tour was to St Thomas More RC Academy, in North Tyneside, where the group’s executive director Craig Bolton shared stories of his own career in retail and 100 years of Goldsmiths working with Rolex with year 10 students.
The Watches of Switzerland Group will deliver presentations in schools up and down the country over the next 12 months to showcase the opportunities a career in retail presents from customer-facing roles and working in head office to a more creative path in visual merchandising.
“Being from the region, it was great to be able to speak to, and hopefully inspire, the pupils at St Thomas More RC Academy about the retail industry and what career opportunities exist. With 2.9 million people working in the retail industry, it’s a fantastic place to build a career. I’m a firm believer that if you have a vision, belief and work hard, you will succeed,” said Mr Bolton.
The school tour is just one part of The Watches of Switzerland Group’s community outreach programme this year.
As part of its centenary year, The Watches of Switzerland Group have also partnered with Rolex to provide 100 watches each with a commemorative engraving to mark the anniversary.
For every watch sold, £3000 will be donated to support The Watches of Switzerland Group charity partner, The Prince’s Trust, who work with young people aged 11 to 30 across the UK.