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This Modern Apprenticeship helps employees with little or no experience of the retail sector, or those looking to progress to roles with more responsibility. It is appropriate for employees working in traditional customer-facing retail roles, and those who require multi-channel skills.

Qualifications

SCQF level 5

Your employee will study for a qualification in Retail Skills at SCQF level 5.

Entry requirements

There are no set entry requirements for this apprenticeship but candidates should demonstrate a desire to pursue a career in retail.

Progression and development

After completing the apprenticeship, your employees will have the skills and experience needed for the following types of roles:

  • Sales associates
  • Beauty consultant
  • Customer service assistant
  • Stockroom assistant
  • Visual merchandiser
  • Fresh food counter assistant - bakery, Fish, butchery, fresh produce

They will also be ready to progress onto further learning, including:

  • Retail SCQF level 6
  • Higher level SCQF qualifications in related areas, for example management
  • HNCs/HNDs in retail management
  • A BA (Hons) retail degree

SCQF qualification levels explained

Download the framework document

SCQF level 6

Your employee will study for a qualification at SCQF at level 6 in Retail (Management)

Entry requirements

Candidates should have completed the SCQF level 5 apprenticeship, or have equivalent qualifications or experience.

Progression and development

After completing the apprenticeship, your employees will have the skills and knowledge needed for the following types of roles:

  • Senior sales assistants
  • Craft experts (e.g. bakery)
  • Style advisors
  • Supervisor or team leader
  • Department manager
  • Store manager of a small outlet 

They will also be ready to progress onto further learning, including:

  • Higher level SCQF qualifications in related areas, for example management
  • HNCs/HNDs in retail management
  • A BA (Hons) retail degree

SCQF qualification levels explained

Download the framework document

How much will it cost?

Training

We will contribute towards the training costs, paying the learning provider directly in incremental payments throughout the course of the apprenticeship.

Use the contribution tables to work out the funding level for this framework:

Modern Apprenticeship Contribution Table (16-24 age group)
Modern Apprenticeship Contribution Table (25+ age group)

An enhanced funding contribution is paid for employees who are aged 16 – 19. For those who are disabled and care-experienced, this is extended up to and including age 29.

Speak to a range of learning providers to find the best deal and agree on a flexible approach which will meet the needs of your business.

Salary

Like any other employee of your business, you’ll pay the Modern Apprentice's wages. This is not set by SDS, but we do encourage all employees to pay the living wage. Remember, you must pay at least the National Minimum Wage.

Time to complete

It will take between 12-24 months to complete.

Sound right for your business?

The next step is to find a learning provider that offers this apprenticeship.

Find a learning provider

Need a little more information or advice?

Call our employer engagement team to find out more about Modern Apprenticeships. 

0800 783 6000
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