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Retail Leader Apprenticeship Degree Backed By High Street Names

10 Dec 2018

Retail Leader Apprenticeship Degree Backed By High Street Names

A dozen major high street names have backed a new Retail Leader Apprenticeship Degree and will start putting new recruits through their paces from next year.

Amongst the twelve retail names backing the retail apprenticeship scheme are House of Fraser, JD Sports, Tesco, Paul Smith, Jigsaw and the Dunelm Group.

The Retail Leader Apprenticeship Degree is being enabled as a result of a partnership between the leading retailers, the UK Government and registered charity organisation retailTRUST.

The scheme will be a four year long Level 6 Degree apprenticeship and will get underway next year with 400 new retail apprentices.

Launching the new apprenticeship scheme, Amy Prendergast, head of people and vocational learning services for RetailTrust, said: “We are thrilled that the brand new Retail Leader Apprenticeship Degree has been approved for delivery next year. The programme is the first of our supported degrees developed collaboratively with the industry.”

“We have 12 retailers on board and would encourage other businesses to make the most of their levy funds and develop their next generation of leaders,” added Ms Prendergast.

Amanda Cox, Dunelm Group’s People and Services Director, also commented, saying: “This is a real legacy moment for retail, showing through a work-based degree how important retail is as a sector and the amazing careers that people can have within it.

“I look forward to seeing our first colleagues go through this programme and the skills this gives them to fast track their careers, as well as unlocking their true potential,” added Ms Cox.

If this is a sector which you are interested in but you don’t have any previous experience then apprenticeships are an ideal entry point for retail careers. Find out everything you need to know right now in our complete guide to retail apprenticeships which also features live job opportunities.

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