New apprenticeship standard for retailer announced

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) has approved the apprenticeship standard for a retailer developed by the retail trailblazer, led by the Co-operative and managed by People 1st.

The new apprenticeship standard coincides with an announcement by the government that they have met their target for 2 million apprenticeship starts.

Skills Minister Nick Boles MP said: “I congratulate the retail trailblazer, supported by People 1st, on designing the new apprenticeship standard for retailer, which we have published today.

“I am proud to say that through working with leading employers such as Tesco, the Co-operative and John Lewis and many others involved with the retail trailblazer we have now reached our target of creating two million apprentices since 2010. However two million is just the start. I want more employers to follow suit and start making apprentices a key part of their growth strategy.”

Lloyd Thomas, group apprenticeship manager; the Co-operative, Chair of the retail trailblazer says he is delighted that BIS has approved the retailer apprenticeship standard. “Our trailblazer members have been totally committed to developing employer driven standards that will really raise the professionalism of the industry. We are very excited that the retailer standard has been approved and have already started work on standards for retail supervisors and managers.”

Rebecca Murphy of Goulds Dorchester Ltd” added: “As a an SME I was really keen to be involved in the trailblazer to ensure that the new apprenticeship standards are accessible to all and will work whatever size of business employers are operating. I believe that we are today announcing a standard that will help both SMEs and major corporations to improve working conditions, engagement and career progression for all our employees.”

Annette Allmark, director of strategic policy at People 1st, the organisation managing the trailblazer standard development for the sector said: “The new retailer apprenticeship standard presents a great opportunity for the industry especially as employers report that 72 percent of vacancies are hard to fill due to applicants not having the right skills. Developing the standard was a really demanding and time-consuming process for the employers involved and I am grateful for all the time and energy which went into attaining such a fantastic result.”

Employers that haven’t fed into the trailblazer process as yet are encouraged to review the new standards being developed for retail supervisors and managers which can be found on the People 1st website.

The existing apprenticeship standards can be viewed at: http://www.people1st.co.uk/Apprenticeship-services/Apprenticeship-Trailblazers

People 1st research insight reports provide intelligence and detailed analysis of the issues facing employers and staff in the hospitality, leisure, travel, tourism and retail industries: http://www.people1st.co.uk/Research-policy/Research-reports

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