Retail is one of the fastest growing sectors and covers a vast range of businesses, from market stalls and independent shops, to national chains and superstores. As a Retail Apprentice you could be assisting customers on the sales floor of a high street store and handling their purchases or working as an expert in a specialist department, dealing with specific enquiries.
You may be in a creative role such as visual merchandising, helping to create window and in-store displays to drive sales or you may choose to work behind the scenes on stock handling, ensuring products are received in the correct quantities and appropriately stored. You could develop skills in sales, and marketing, essential for any business, or you could learn technical or business skills such as hairdressing or beauty. From dealing with stock deliveries to organising displays, the skills gained from the Retail Apprenticeship are transferable to all retail companies.
Retail Apprenticeship - Level 2
The programme is delivered during normal working hours, making it a real opportunity to learn while you earn. Timescales for completion depend on the individual, but the qualification takes a minimum of 12 months.
This Apprenticeship is aimed at individuals working in the retail sector who may already have a basic competence in retail skills and require a wider range of abilities and responsibilities to progress.
Job roles may include: Sales Assistants, Beauty Consultant, Stockroom Assistant, Visual Merchandiser, Fresh Food Counter Assistant.
Retail Apprenticeship - Level 3
This Level 3 qualification offers candidates a choice of three pathways - Sales Professional, Visual Merchandising or Management and units are selected to reflect these roles.
The programme is delivered during normal working hours, making it a real opportunity to learn while you earn. Timescales for completion depend on the individual, but on average the qualification takes between 18 to 24 months.
This Apprenticeship is aimed at individuals employed in senior roles such as supervisors, team leaders, department leads, within the retail sector. They will be appropriate for those who are already competent in a significant variety of retail work activities and require a wider and more complex range of abilities and responsibilities.
Job roles may include: Senior Sales Assistant, Visual Merchandiser Supervisor, Departmental/Floor Manager, Store Manager.