Boost team progression to management with two new retail apprentice standards

Image: Trailblazer chairs with skills minister, Nick Boles MP

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) has approved two new apprenticeship standards for progression to senior retail positions, giving indies clearer guidance in the development of their employees and teams.

Led by the Co-operative and managed by skills and workforce development organisation, People 1st, the BIS’s new guidelines cover the positions of retail team leader and a retail manager, allowing business owners to offer clearer career progression for employees and ultimately foster a highly skilled team.

The announcement coincides with National Apprenticeship Week 2015.

Skills minister, Nick Boles MP, said: “Apprenticeships are a real success story. Through giving leading employers such as Co-operative the power to design and deliver high quality apprenticeships we can give young people the skills our economy vitally needs.

“I congratulate Co-operative and members of the Retail Trailblazer on their involvement in designing the new apprenticeships for Retail Team Leader and Retail Manager, which we have published today.”

Lloyd Thomas, group apprenticeship manager; the Co-operative and chair of the retail trailblazer said: “‘Last year we were so pleased that BIS approved the Retailer standard, an occupation for which the skills are often undervalued. With the minister’s announcement this week the retail trailblazer is over the moon that we now have a clear line of progression in place to take retailers to the position of a retail team leader and then onto management. We are now moving onto designing the assessment for the apprenticeships and I really do encourage more employers, especially small businesses, and training providers to get in contact with People 1st and take part in the on-going development.”

Annette Allmark, director of strategic policy at People 1st, the industry’s workforce development charity, and the organisation managing the retail trailblazer activities said: “It’s fantastic that the government has approved these standards. The retail industry offers huge opportunities and the new apprenticeships play an important part in helping businesses recruit, retain and develop a pool of highly skilled employees that now have the opportunity to progress right through to a retail management apprenticeship. The new standards have been set by employers to ensure that apprentices are working to an industry standard and have the best chance to proposer and grow their career.”