Jobs and The Learning Shop

The Learning Shop is a unique partnership between Bluewater, North Kent College and the Department for Work and Pensions. Established in 1999 and focusing on employability within the local community The Learning Shop delivers a wide range of services; including professional World Class training, development, business solutions and recruitment for Bluewater.

The Learning Shop works in partnership with Bluewater to deliver “The Spirit of Bluewater” programme; which is a great example of Bluewater’s commitment to guest experience and all employees across the centre. The programme consists of in-depth Bluewater tour and an award winning workshop written exclusively by The Learning Shop.

The Learning Shop recruitment and job services at Bluewater, Kent

Recruitment Services

The Learning Shop website is the only official Bluewater job site. They have around 15,000 hits per month and broker approximately 3,500 vacancies a year including mass recruitment for new store openings. The service is currently used by over 95% of Bluewater employers. Each year The Learning Shop hosts an annual jobs fair for Bluewater offering a significant growth in the number of vacancies offered year-on-year.
For further information on the recruitment services provided, please contact The Learning Shop recruitment team on 01322 624478 or visit The Learning Shop website.

Training Services

The Learning Shop specialises in retail, hospitality and customer service. They provide a variety of tailored training services including bespoke CV writing support, Interview Technique training, Visual Merchandising in Modern Retail, Bridging the Gap programme for school leavers, Pre-Employment programme and more.

The Learning Shop training services are industry recognised and written by Retail Experts to equip delegates with the necessary employability skills. On average 50% of learners find work soon after completing the Pre-Employment programme. The Learning Shop also works with local schools to deliver Bridging the Gap programme to their students; helping young adults in their transition from education into employment.

For further information on the training services provided, contact a Learning Shop team member on: 01322 624455 or visit

Bluewater Apprenticeship Scheme

Launched in 2009, the Bluewater Apprenticeship Scheme has been a huge success with apprentices completing their qualifications and gaining employment. 

In 2012 the scheme was expanded so employers would receive a subsidy and employ apprentices directly. They gain the skills and work experience needed for a career in retail and benefit from retail employment, classroom and work-based training to achieve Retail Skills QCF and Retail Knowledge, the technical certificate of the apprenticeship.

The apprenticeship offers an insight into every aspect of running a successful retail business and with lots of entrepreneurs starting out as apprentices, you could soon be on the road to retail riches…. 

Visit to find out more and check out our Bluewater vacancies for apprenticeship opportunities.

Other Services

The Learning Shop offers room and pod hire for interview, disciplinary, meeting and training purposes (etc.). PC and Internet use, Printing, Photocopying, Fax and other services are also provided on site.

Room hire: Equipment & VAT included in room prices- Wi-Fi, projector, laptop, flipchart, pens and paper.

  • Community Room (25-30 people max) All day £145.00, Half Day £72.50
  • Thames Room (12-15 people max) All day £110.00 - Half day £55.00
  • Guild Room (8-10 people max) All day £80.00- Half day £40.00
  • Room per hour £25 minimum 2 hours
  • PODs £15 per hour
  • Disciplinary 1st hour free £15 per hour after

Photocopies black & white

15p per A4 sheet

30p per A4 double sided

30p per A3 sheet

60p per A3 double sided

Photocopies in colour

30p per A4 sheet

60p per A4 double sided

60p per A3 sheet

£1.20 per A3 double sided


£1.50 per page

£2.50 per page international

Internet & PC Usage

£1.50 per half hour (£1 minimum)


15p per black & white

30p per sheet colour


£1.25 per A4 sheet

£2.00 per A3 sheet