CADS Apprentice Connor Bolton

Investing in our store planners of the future

C A Design Services (CADS) has added an ICT apprentice to its retail planning team in order to respond to the shifting needs of its retail sector clients.

Connor Bolton, who is based at our Gapton Hall office, will work towards his Level 3 IT Users apprenticeship whilst undertaking his retail planning role in the business. He will learn essential retail principles such as the customer journey, product adjacency and add-on sales, and will use this knowledge to produce detailed store plans using AutoCAD and the company’s in-house developed software ‘StoreSpace’.

Guy Moates, Sales Director at CADS said:

“A retail planner links customers, products and buildings together. The work that they do is absolutely critical to a store’s profitability and success, yet despite retail, as an industry, being the largest private sector employer in the UK, there is no recognised career path or qualification to become a retail planner.”

“In our experience, the role is often undervalued and put into the hands of staff with little or no retail experience, which is why we’re developing our store planners in-house through an apprenticeship scheme. We’re also keen to employ local people, giving them the chance to work with international clients.”

CADS Apprentice Connor Bolton

Connor, who studied at Lowestoft college said:

“I chose graphics as an option in school and developed an interest in using CAD which is why I wanted to join C A Design Services. I also liked the idea of doing an apprenticeship rather than going to university because it meant I could stay closer to home and earn whilst I learnt.”

If you’d like to discover more about the full Retail Services offered by C A Design Services, please contact Guy Moates or Pete Humm on 01493 412806 or email