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What exactly is ‘Retail’?
The retail industry employs around 2.9m people in the UK and generates over £260bn a year in sales. Retail is a fast-moving industry as organisations respond to – and predict – customer demand and future trends. But if you think that a career in retail is limited solely to the shop floor, think again. From sourcing new producers to transporting goods, ordering stock and forecasting trends, there are a multitude of roles that are critical to the retail operation that you may not have considered.
What’s it like working in Retail?
The retail industry offers plenty of variety – not least because of the vast array of products in the marketplace. In an age when consumers demand access to goods and services 24/7, retail workers are needed to ‘man the shop’ around the clock meaning there are many opportunities which offer flexible working hours. In both traditional retail stores and in new online markets, there really are limitless opportunities for people to work within a sector that interests them. Job roles within the industry include, Sales Assistants, Customer Service Assistants, Visual Merchandisers and Stockroom Assistants as well as more specialist roles such as Beauty Consultants and are found with large national companies or smaller, independent shops.
What can I expect to earn?
  • Earnings for qualified staff can range from £13,000 to £30,000 a year.

Figures are supplied by the National Careers Service and are intended as a guideline only.

How can HTP Apprenticeship College help me get a job in Retail?
You don’t need any previous experience or qualifications to start a Retail programme with HTP Apprenticeship College although good grades in maths and English will be beneficial. HTP offers two great ways to enable you to start your career. A Traineeship where you undertake work experience to make sure the industry is right for you, or an Apprenticeship where you will be earning and learning right from the start.

Thousands of young people have succeeded with an Apprenticeship through HTP. You could too!

Jack Ford chose an Apprenticeship over University and is now on his Higher Apprenticeship in Management at home furnishings shop Bayliss and Booth.
Jordan Knight completed her Intermediate Apprenticeship in Customer Service and has progressed on to her Advanced Apprenticeship in Retail Management at Isle of Wight Flowers.

Get started today – your way

There are two great ways you can begin your career in Retail through HTP Apprenticeship College. Choosing the right one for you depends on how ready you are to start work.

Get straight into work

If you’re ready to start a career in Retail, why not earn while you learn and gain nationally-recognised qualifications with an HTP Apprenticeship – the best way to get straight into the workplace. The first stage is usually an ‘Intermediate’ Apprenticeship and if after that, you want to gain more qualifications, you can progress onto an Advanced Apprenticeship.
Intermediate Apprenticeship
  • Level 2 Diploma in Retail Skills
  • Level 2 Diploma in Retail Knowledge
  • Level 1 or 2 Functional Skills in maths and English (if you do not already have GCSE at Grades C or above)
  • Employee Rights and Responsibilities
  • Personal, Learning and Thinking Skills
Advanced Apprenticeship
  • Level 3 Diploma in Retail Management or Visual Merchandising
  • Level 3 Diploma in Retail Knowledge
  • Level 2 Functional Skills in maths and English (you will be exempt if you already have GCSE at Grades C or above in these subjects)
  • Employment Rights and Responsibilities
  • Personal, Learning and Thinking Skills

Get some experience first

Not sure if Retail is the right career for you? No problem. Try out working and gaining skills in a real business for 6 weeks  – 6 months and find out if it is. If for any reason it isn’t, we can help you find another one! A Traineeship is a great way to get a taste of a real workplace, gain experience and skills, and progress onto a full Apprenticeship or other employment.

This Traineeship
HTP Training works with a large number of employers who will offer a keen young person a chance to demonstrate their potential. HTP will help find you the right potential employer for you and get you underway. When you are on work experience you may get some expenses towards things like travel and meals. On a Traineeship you will:

  • get a minimum of 6 weeks work experience
  • take part in classroom-based training at one of our training centres to help you prepare for work
  • have the chance to achieve maths and English qualifications (if you need to)
  • receive all the information, advice and guidance you need to get your career underway
After your Traineeship
After you have completed your Traineeship you will progress on to your Apprenticeship or into other employment.
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