Why OSS Works

Developing individuals
At OSS we help you develop your managers at key career stages through professionally accredited programmes, helping drive talent through your business at every stage.
New ways of thinking
OSS encourages and enables interaction between different job functions from retailers across the sector. This allows individuals to think outside of their normal work pattern, share their knowledge and inspire new ways of thinking and working.
Retail centric
OSS programmes are developed by retailers, for retailers. Delegates gain exclusive insights and learn first-hand from current retail leaders and expert tutors from a diverse group of national, international and independent retailers.
Align with your internal L&D
We’ll work with you to integrate OSS with your internal Learning & Development programmes through pre-course briefings and post programme reviews.
Open & challenging environment
Delegates are encouraged to move out of their comfort zone and quickly form working relationships via small discussion groups. This approach plays to each person’s strengths and also enables them to work on their areas for development. Our programmes are fully residential, providing the delegates with the space to think and commit to their development in an open but challenging learning environment.
Support and guidance
The discussion groups at the Foundation and Academy are mentored and guided by previous delegates in the role of Group Directors (GD). GDs are experienced retail managers from organisations across the sector who guide and support delegates through the programme.
Proven track record
OSS has developed over 19,500 retailers from across the sector since its inception in 1923.
Ongoing support
It doesn’t stop once the programme has ended. We can help with post-course reviews and encourage delegates to return as Group Directors. This enables them to continue their development and reach their potential.

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