Retail apprenticeships - helping you build a skilled and talented workforce


Evidence shows that each retail apprentice can improve the bottom line by an impressive £2,900. If your business needs skilled people, the new apprenticeships - due to land in spring 2016 - are a fantastic solution.

People 1st can:

  • Help you decide the best apprenticeship option for your size of business
  • Guide you to industry accredited training providers that will support you through the apprenticeship process
  • Share businesses’ best practice and advice for getting the most from apprenticeships
  • Help you understand the government’s plans for apprenticeships and how they impact your business

Register to receive practical advice on the new apprenticeships


Support and resources

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Why apprenticeships?

Our handy infographic highlights why retail apprenticeships are needed, the benefits to business and how we can help.

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What are apprenticeship trailblazers?

Find out what trailblazers are and the apprenticeships they've developed to benefit your business.

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The new apprenticeship standards: what's different

Find out the difference between the new apprenticeship standards and the existing apprenticeship frameworks.

The levy - the impact on your business

The government has confirmed a levy on businesses to help fund the new wave of apprenticeships - what impact will this have on your business?

Retail apprenticeship standards

Three new standards in retail will replace the existing apprenticeship frameworks - find out what the standards cover and how they're assessed.

Tell us what support you need

If you need further help and advice on apprenticeships for your business, drop us a quick message and we'll get back to you asap!

Hear from other employers

Apprentices at the heart of high street retailer’s continued success

A.S. Watson Group, the retailer behind both Superdrug and Savers, has nurtured a pipeline of talent for the business, with 40% of apprentices’ progressing into supervisory and management roles within 12 months.


ASDA apprenticeships creating 'future leaders'

Hear how ASDA’s strategy of offering fresh young talent the chance to build a meaningful career, through apprenticeships, is paying off, with significantly higher levels of engagement within the business reported amongst this population.


Frequently asked questions

Access the latest questions on apprenticehips posed by like-minded businesses.


Register for updates

We'll be counting down to preparing businesses for the launch of the new apprenticeships in Spring 2016. Register now to receive monthly step-by-step guidance and updates.


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