Retail Apprenticeship Board

Board members to be announced later this month

The nomination committee has reviewed the first round of nominations and members of the board will be announced later this month. The first meeting of the board will take place on 7 June 2017. 

Nominations now re-open

We would like to extend membership more widely across the industry and continue to invite both large and SME businesses to nominate. 


Find out more about the role of Retail Apprenticeship Board and its members.

Who can sit on the apprenticeship board?
  • Membership is open to retail employers of all sizes and types, and will include a minimum of two SMEs.
  • The board includes a maximum of 15 employer members with voting rights, whose term lasts two fiscal years.
  • Additional members with no voting rights, include People 1st and nominated partners including one college, one private training provider and one independent assessment organisation, whose term lasts one fiscal year.
Member specification
  • Members must have a sound knowledge of apprenticeships and their overall opportunity to improve productivity across the economy as a whole
  • The individual must be nominated by their employer and selection is based on a complimentary mix of specialisms and expertise in relation to apprenticeships, for example: skills development, global skills models, human resource management, talent management, careers, finance, policy, marketing and communications
  • The business and their nominated employer must demonstrate a passion to drive the industry’s commitment to quality apprenticeships and a genuine desire to raise the overall quality of professional standards in the retail industry, address skills gaps and positively impact on productivity.
  • The business must employ, or intend to employ, at least one apprentice (the expectation is that the number of apprentices will be considerably higher in larger businesses).

Term of membership   

Membership to the apprenticeship boards runs from January 2017 to June 2018.

Nomination committee

To maintain the employer-led ethos of this process, the nomination committee will be made up of employers from other industries within the visitor economy sector and key partners including:

  • Four  employers 
  • A representative from key industry associations
  • A representative from People 1st

In the unlikely event that a membership application is turned down, the nominations committee will consider all appeals. All appeals will need to be submitted in writing and every appeal will have the right of a written response.