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World of Books: Developing the future of employees

West Sussex based World of Books, now in its fourth year of trading has rapidly become the leading seller of used books in the UK and Europe, celebrated National Apprenticeships Week (6-10 February) by reflecting on the impact that investing in their people can have on business performance.

The company was, setup by book lovers and enthusiasts three years ago and now employs 260 members of staff, selling used books online to over 60 countries throughout the world.

World of Books has teamed up with Skills Training UK to offer Apprenticeships in Team Leading, Management, Customer Services and Business Improvement Techniques. The courses are currently running very successfully with 15 members of staff involved.

Brett Andrews from Skills Training UK and Sophia Leppard from World of Books

Brett Andrews from Skills Training UK and Sophia Leppard from World of Books

The senior management team at World of Books understands the positive impact that investing in their people can have on business improvement. Managing Director Stephen Boobyer said:

“The partnership with Skills Training UK has been very successful, we have been delighted by the enthusiasm of our staff to take on the Apprenticeship courses and see it as a great step forward for the business and for our employees’ individual development.“

One of these is Kelsey Sparshott, age 20, who has worked at World of Books for three years and has made significant progression throughout the company, beginning her career as a Warehouse Operative she is now nearing the end of an NVQ in Team Leading and works as the Supervisor of the Digital Media Department. She says:

“I am committed to my career at World of Books and hope that in the future I will be able to gain more qualifications through the Skills Training UK Apprenticeship programme and continue to progress with the company.”

Kelsey Sparshott and Kallan Kinnett at World of Books

Kelsey Sparshott and Kallan Kinnett at World of Books

The current World of Books warehouse space in Goring-by-Sea is undergoing a large extension which will allow the business to grow and develop further and inevitably allow them to offer more learning opportunities for their staff.

For further information about World of Books, visit our website at www.worldofbooks.com or to find out about the range of Apprenticeships available from Skills Training UK visit their website at www.skillstraininguk.com or alternatively telephone 020 8903 4713

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  • Reply S. Butler November 8, 2016 at 6:53 am

    It certainly sounds like a great company. Now if you’d care to address the case I’ve opened up against you in ebay, perhaps customer confidence will improve and maybe, just maybe, you’ll avoid some more negative feedback.

  • Reply eleni malone June 3, 2018 at 10:07 am

    Please be more truthful in your descriptions, I purchased a book from the company in good faith thinking it would be in good condition as stated in the Ebay listing. What I received was a book with a broken spine and way-way past yellowing it was brown with age,I hardly dared open it in case the pages fell out,it also had an awful smell. Also unless it’s a very rare book it’s not a good idea to sell a book for over the cover price, especially in that condition. Kelsey Sparshott
    Mulberry House, Woods Way
    Goring by Sea, West Sussex, BN124QY

    • Reply admin June 4, 2018 at 1:39 pm


      As per eBay’s terms and conditions we are unable to resolve complaints outside of the eBay messaging centre, please send photos of the damage through our messaging centre and we can look into this further for you. Many thanks, World of Books

  • Reply Jason July 27, 2018 at 4:06 pm

    All the books I’ve received from World of Books have been excellent and the customer service has been excellent. I highly recommend this company. Thank you very much.

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