Apprenticeships

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Overview

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

Am I ready to start?

For the 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.

How does an Apprenticeship Work?

An apprenticeship programme is delivered via a mixture of on and off-the-job training, where you can practice your skills in real work situations.

The apprenticeship programme usually consists of the following elements:

Knowledge element:
This is the technical certificate and covers the theory side of your work which is delivered when you attend College, so that you can put these newly acquired skills into practice at work.

Competence element:
This is the practical side of the programme and is assessed directly within the workplace by a Harlow College Assessor to ensure that you are developing your skills within the workplace and putting all that you learn at College into practice.

Functional skills:
This area covers English and Mathematics for learners that have not achieved an A-C grade at GCSE level.

Employment Rights and Responsibilities:
This area covers units in relation to Employment Awareness in Active Leisure and Learning.

Transferable skills:
These are the skills that help you develop your Personal Learning and Thinking Skills (PLTS).

The duration of the course is dependent on prior attainment but generally is completed over a period of 12 months. You will attend College for 1 day a week and you be in the workplace for the remaining 4 days.

What does the course involve?

The Retail Skills Apprenticeship lasts approximately 1 year.

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.

How and when will I study?

INTERMEDIATE LEVEL

  • Level 2 NVQ Certificate in Retail Skills
  • Level 2 Certificate in Retail Knowledge
  • Functional Skills in English Level 2
  • Functional Skills in Maths Level 2

ADVANCED LEVEL

  • Level 2 NVQ Certificate in Retail Skills
  • Level 2 Certificate in Retail Knowledge

Down to business, what can I do and what can I earn?

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.

Possible Job Roles:

  • 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)

Starting Salaries: £11,000 - £15,000 (once qualified)

Got a job?

You must have a job to do an apprenticeship. If you already have a job you may be able to do an apprenticeship with your current employer.

If you don’t have a job for your apprenticeship – apply for your place at College by clicking the 'Apply Now' button at the top and bottom of the page.

Once you have applied please check out our apprenticeship job vacancies.

An apprenticeship comprises two parts:

  • Typically 20% study element (at Harlow College or Stansted Airport College).
  • 80% work based element with an employer. It is your responsibility to find an employer.

Great, so what do I do now?

Call 01279 868240 to speak to an Apprenticeships adviser

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