We are an organisation dedicated to improving the life chances of young people by launching their career in sales.
- A fantastic educational and career opportunity for young people with the right attitude and interest in sales.
- Creating a new generation of trained, highly-skilled, and motivated salespeople, ready to rejuvenate the UK economy.
- Educated sellers who can take the business world by storm and help to put sales on the agenda as a science and career that should be taught and aspired to.
Employment prospects for school leavers in the UK are at an all-time low. In 2011, 20% of students qualified to A-Level standard were unemployed, and a further 25% of graduates were also unable to find work. With over one million 16 – 24 year olds currently unemployed, we are in danger of creating a highly-educated, but jobless generation.
Sales is a career that is open to anyone with enough passion and enthusiasm, especially those with a naturally persuasive flair. A good salesperson is an essential commodity for any organisation and at present the requirement for skilled and dedicated salespeople far outstrips supply.
There is a desperate need to provide education in sales with academically recognised qualifications. This would not only increase the numbers of qualified potential-workers, it would also make sure that employees entering sales roles are genuinely interested in sales, thereby reducing the risk of losing new employees and incurring extra recruitment costs.
The Academy of Sales hopes to change the way sales is taught and perceived. We want to make sales a profession that school leavers aspire to, people respect, and to create standards in sales that people can measure themselves against and aim to achieve.