Students at Oxford & Cherwell Valley College are developing retail skills with the launch of a new shop.
The Foundation Studies Store has opened at the Banbury campus to give students experience of running a commercial retail operation.
The shop is part of a new social enterprise initiative launched by the college to help students prepare for employment as they complete their studies.
It sells college essentials such as pens, notebooks and snacks as well as items made by the students including bird boxes and plant pots.
Level Three students are acting as mentors to support the foundation studies students .
Hannah Thomas, learning manager for foundation studies, said: “Working in a commercial environment helps students to develop real-world skills demanded by employers, such as teamwork, time-keeping and customer services.”
She added: “While the college shop will serve customers within the college environment, we are keen to forge links with external suppliers and would like to hear from anyone interested in selling items through the store.”
Oxford & Cherwell Valley College will re-launch in November, with the Banbury and Bicester campuses uniting to become Banbury and Bicester College.
The college will remain part of a larger group, which will be re-launched as Activate Learning.