Retail
Starting Salary: £11,000 - £15,000 (once qualified)
Qualification: NVQ
Length:
Type: Apprenticeship
Apprenticeship Overview

Retail covers a host of businesses, from market stalls and independent shops to national chains and large superstores.

Both the Intermediate Level Apprenticeship and Advanced Level Apprenticeship cover a range of skills that can be used across this vast sector.

As an Apprentice, your role will depend on your employer – you could be assisting customers on the sales floor of a high street store or handling their purchases.

Alternatively you could be working in a specialist department and become a product expert, able to help with specific queries. An artistic flare could point you in the direction of visual merchandising, helping to create window and in-store displays. Or you could work behind the scenes in stock handling, ensuring products are received in the correct quantities and appropriately stored.

On the Advanced Level Apprenticeship, your training will focus on gaining specific skills in your preferred speciality. You will handle more responsibility and gain important management skills.

From organising displays to learning the crucial aspects of management, the skills gained from the Retail Apprenticeship are transferable to all retail companies. With a young workforce, the UK’s retail sector is vibrant and offers many opportunities for early career progression.

Entry Requirements

Intermediate Apprenticeship You will need 4 GCSEs at grade D or above in a minimum of 3 subject areas (one of these must be in English or Maths) or a relevant Level 1 qualification and Level 1 Maths and English.

Advanced Apprenticeship You will need at least 5 GCSEs at grade C or above in a minimum of 3 subject areas (one of these must be in English or Maths) or successful completion of an Intermediate Apprenticeship, or equivalent.

Job Roles

Intermediate Level Apprenticeship:

  • Sales Assistant
  • Stockroom Assistant
  • Beauty Consultant
  • Visual Merchandiser
  • Fresh Food Counter Assistant

Advanced Level Apprenticeship:

  • Senior Sales Assistant
  • Visual Merchandiser Supervisor
  • Craft Expert (e.g. Bakery)
  • Style Advisor (Personal Shoppers, Retail Consultant, Stylist)
  • Department Manager
  • Supervisor or Team Leader
  • Store Manager (of a small outlet)

 

Framework/Units
  • NVQ
  • Functional Skills
  • Technical Certificate
Assessment

Assessment is through practical observation and theoretical tests.

Other information

A Retail Apprenticeship can open doors to a fantastic career! You could continue with your studies, undertaking degree level study at university after an Advanced Apprenticeship. As a Retail Apprentice, you will have gained knowledge about Sales and therefore a degree in a related field might be appropriate.  You could also decide to study for a number of professional qualifications in your industry, or apply for more senior positions in order for you to progress within your career.

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