JTI is offering tobacco retailers the chance to win 500 training packages to help them protect their businesses with greater understanding of the law around underage sales.
The tobacco supplier initially offered 50 places but found that demand was so great that they decided to roll out the programme to more outlets.
The qualification, which is recognised by Trading Standards, the police and local authorities, enables stores and their staff to full understand responsible retailing in their local communities.
To enter, retailers can log on to jtiadvance.co.uk before 25th November and take part in a short quiz before entering their details to go into the prize draw. Those retailers not already registered on JTI’s trade website should speak to their JTI representative or call the customer careline on 0800 163 503 to receive a Contact ID.
Winners will receive course materials for the BTEC Level 2 Award in Under Age Sales Prevention for each of their staff, worth £100 each. They will also receive training from a former Trading Standards Officer at Under Age Sales Ltd, who will prepare staff for the exam. That officer will supervise them in taking the exam, before marking it and posting it to Edexcel for the qualification.
Tom Hirons, government relations manager at JTI, said: “We all agree that children should not smoke and should not have access to tobacco products. Offering retailers this qualification is part of our wider commitment to supporting retailers in making sure that under 18s cannot buy tobacco in their stores.”