Retail covers a wide range of businesses, from department stores and national chains to independent shops and market stalls.
The Retail Advanced Apprenticeship builds on your basic retail and customer service skills and furthers your experience within the retail sector.
The Retail Advanced Apprenticeship is made up of the following elements:
• City & Guilds Level 3 Certificate in Retail Knowledge
• City & Guilds Level 3 Certificate in Retail Skills
• Functional Skills in Maths and English Level 2
• Employer Rights and Responsibilities
• Personal Learning and Thinking Skills
Formal assessment is through assignments, projects, presentations and practical assessments which are set at regular intervals throughout the course, and you receive regular feedback. The Functional Skills are assessed by an external exam and portfolio work.
You will be learning the knowledge elements of the award through directed study and one-to-one drop-ins with your assessor, and this will include practical sessions. You will also work on your Functional Skills, ERR and Personal Learning and Thinking Skills.
You will gain a nationally-recognised qualification whilst gaining the skills and experienced required to pursue a career within the retail sector. The advanced apprenticeship allows you to develop the skills specific to your role or speciality within retail.
There are no formal entry requirements for this apprenticeship. However, you will ideally have either completed the intermediate apprenticeship in retail or have demonstrable experience within the retail sector.
Upon application you will be invited in for an interview and initial assessment to ensure that you are at the right level of learning for the course.
The advanced level apprenticeship allows you to handle more responsibility and develops your management skills. The retail sector offers many opportunities for early career progression – you might think about job roles such as senior sales assistant, team leader and store manager.