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Just one of the great things about an Apprenticeship in retail, is that you actually get to do the job right away. You get to experience:

  • Work in a retail environment
  • Learn from retail experts
  • Continually gain practical skills and experience
  • Earn while you learn

 

When you successfully complete your Retail Intermediate Level Apprenticeship, you will qualify with a Level 2 Diploma in Retail Skills. You will also have valuable retail skills, solid references, some great colleagues and positive experiences behind you.

An Apprenticeship really is what you make it and at Paragon Skills we are here to ensure that you get the most from it.

Diploma in Retail Skills Level 2

12 months

Minimum £3.40 per hour

City & Guilds


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What you can expect

An Apprenticeship is a valuable doorway of opportunity for learners and employees to progress in their industry. 

Many employers, such as Tesco, B&Q, Superdrug, Booths and Sainsbury's, to name but a few, welcome Apprenticeship programmes, and a number of other retailers are well on their way to introducing them. These engaged employers represent 16% of the total workforce, or around 490,000 employees, with scope for this number to be dramatically increased.

A Retail Intermediate Level Apprenticeship is an investment in the skills you need to succeed in the hospitality industry. These skills include:

  • Good organisational skills
  • Customer service and 'people' skills
  • An understanding and tactful approach

 

The exact details of your job depend on your specific employer, but typically in a full-time job you would normally work between 37 and 40 hours a week. Part-time work is often available. Your hours are likely to include weekends and possibly evenings, depending on the store’s opening time. As a retail assistant, your role could include any of the following:

  • Helping customers to choose products
  • Dealing with customer queries
  • Processing payments
  • Keeping the shop floor clean and tidy
  • Helping to provide a seamless service
  • Support customers in the use of web-based facilities in store.

 

You’ll also learn:

  • Handling stock and deliveries
  • Receiving, storing and picking stock for the shop floor
RICHARD HOPKIN

At the age of 30 I completed my Advanced Level Apprenticeship in Warehousing & Storage. After working at Topps Tiles for ten years my ambition now is to become a manager. My apprenticeship has not only taught me more about my current role, but has definitely given me the opportunity to achieve my goal.

RICHARD HOPKIN

TOPPS TILES

Your pathway to success

Once your Apprenticeship is completed, you could progress to retail management courses such as the Retail Advanced Level Apprenticeship, or employment in the retail industry in a role such as a shop assistant, sales assistant, visual merchandiser or stock room assistant.

Retail assistants don’t just work in one area. A career in retail could give you the opportunity to work in a variety of locations, including department stores, independent boutiques, retail parks and supermarkets among many more.

At Paragon Skills we are committed to inspiring you to succeed, and are there to support you throughout every stage of your Retail Intermediate Level Apprenticeship.

We are looking for learners as committed and as passionate as we are. If this is you, then speak to us today and jump-start your career with Paragon Skills.

What you could do next

What you could do next

Retail Intermediate Level Apprenticeship

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

Retail Advanced Level Apprenticeship

  • Senior Sales Assistant
  • Visual Merchandiser Supervisor
  • Craft Expert (e.g. Baker)
  • Style Advisor
  • Supervisor or Team Leader
  • Department Manager
  • Store Manager (Small store)

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