Award in preventing under age sales launched in Scotland

Thursday, 16 February 2017

On Wednesday 15th February, Under Age Sales attended the Retail Crime seminar held at the Scottish Grocers’ Federation. It was here that we launched a first-of-its-kind qualification to Scottish retailers – the Award in Preventing Under Age Sales in Scotland, incorporating the SVQ Level 2 Unit 52 for following point of sale procedures for age restricted products.

The unit is part of the Scottish Vocational Qualifications provided through Pearson Edexcel, our Award works to help retailers to gain the skills and understanding to follow point-of-sale procedures for age restricted products in a retail environment. The training can be conducted in store or by distance learning, meaning staff do not need to be released to training courses and is written specifically for Scotland’s retailers, applying the specific requirements of Scottish law.

The Award is no doubt a welcome introduction for Scottish retailers who have previously had limited access to formal training in this area, with that available being expensive and impractical to complete.

Tony Allen, managing director of Under Age Sales, says of the qualification: “The launch of this award, tailored specifically for Scottish retailers, marks the culmination of a lot of hard work to produce a robust training module which will make it much easier for those on the front line in the industry to be sure they’re protecting minors from coming into contact with age restricted products.

“The training not only acts as a means of upskilling retailers who wish to make the Scottish retail industry a safe but thriving sector, but will also help to protect them from the risk of being fined, should they or a member of their staff, ever inadvertently sell alcohol or tobacco to under age customers.”

The qualification:

  • Covers all age restricted sales laws, from alcohol and tobacco, to fireworks and knives
  • Incorporates a workbook, multiple choice test and observation of performance
  • Is aimed at reinforcing retailers as the front line in protecting minors from age restricted products
  • Advises retailers on the reasonable precautions required to avoid the sale of these items to children and young people, in order to avoid significant fines

Retailers who are keen to undertake the training or understand more about how the award is tailored to acknowledge Scotland’s different forms of identification, can get in touch on 0345 257 0018.