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Retail apprenticeships

Five new apprenticeship standards have been developed for retail. They form a progressive career pathway, incorporating the knowledge, skills and behaviours employers have defined for today’s industry.
 

The standards have been designed so that they apply across the sector, allowing organisations to incorporate their own ways of working, products and services into the learning and development, whilst ensuring it meets one national standard.

Standards and assessment plans

All five standards and assessment plans have been approved for delivery and can be accessed here:

Guidance documents to support delivery of the standards

The following guidance documents have been designed to help employers and training providers plan training programmes and to ensure the outcome of the apprenticeship standards is met by apprentices:

Employers occupational brief

Occupational briefs have been designed to help employers and training providers plan training programmes and curriculum to ensure the outcome of the apprenticeship standards is met by apprentices. The content has been written by People 1st with the input of employers and providers and are valuable tools to ensure the consistency of apprenticeship training. 

Occupational briefs are available for the following standards:

On-programme progression template

On-programme progesssion templates are available for the following standards:

Readiness for end assesment template

These documents have been prepared for use in the apprenticeships as referenced in each assessment plan.

Requirements for English and maths – applicable for ALL apprenticeship standards:

For apprenticeships at level 2:

If an apprentice has not already achieved level 2 English and maths they must:

  • Study for and take the tests for level 2 English and maths
  • Achieve level 1 English and maths

For apprenticeships at level 3 and above:

If an apprentice has not already achieved level 2 English and maths they must:

  • Achieve level 2 English and maths

Must be completed prior to independent end assessment

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Members of the trailblazer group responsible for developing the retail apprenticeship standards include:

East of England Co-Operative Society Ltd, Greggs Plc, Home Retail Group, Ikea Ltd, John Lewis Partnership, Morrisons Supermarkets plc (Wm), Poundland, Sainsburys, Screwfix, Tesco Stores Limited, The Co-operative Group, The Edinburgh Woollen Mill Ltd, Topps Tiles, Travis Perkins Group, Wilko