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Published on March 19th, 2013 | by Daisy Lloyd

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Why an Apprenticeship is important for your career

The high interest in apprenticeships over the last few years reflects the growing rate of unemployment in the country’s 6 million 18-to-24-year-olds, which is currently 17.5%, and a spike in the birth rate in the early nineties.

Some of the most exciting and forward-thinking companies in the world have apprenticeship programmes. It can even be easier to get your foot in the door with a major company as an enthusiastic apprentice than 4 years later as a graduate! Why? Because by the time graduates are knocking on their doors, many former apprentices will have had several years of experience in which to learn and get ahead. [Quote: The Telegrapgh]

Large operators from McDonalds to EE recognise the need for having a skilled workforce, but there is no reason to be any less skilled if the retailer you are working for is a small  or medium sized outlet. In fact, it’s probably more important that you have a wider set of skills to cover the entire company’s operations. No business can honestly say it doesnt need progress and learning. After all – look what happened to HMV [back in 2002,  they failed to take on board the impact of ecommerce].

The majority of stores start out in an organic free flowing way, usually with family and friends filling in the gaps. But this can lead to all sorts of issues if you are falling short on a particular skill. In this situation, people become managers almost by accident.

By taking on the The Higher Apprenticeship in Retail Management Level 4, it will allow you to view your job in an objective way, allowing you to structure your position more effectively, and ensuring business sustainabilty  and in turn – your long term prospects as the business grows.

If you are someone who has been working in a chain store or larger independent retailer, it is worth discussing the possibilities with your wmployer about what you can bring to the table. It doesnt matter if you are 17 or 70. If you can take on the challenge of study, work and research you will be rewarded with increased self confidence and the knowledge that your skills are contributing to the business and in the wider context, society.

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  • Welcome to your Future!

    More than ever before great customer service and management skills in retail have become vitally important to meet the rapidly changing demands of the industry.

    To help meet these challenges the Higher Apprenticeship aims to cover all key areas required of today’s retail management; from customer service through to e-commerce.

    Employers in retail need to ensure their customer service has an edge over other High Street competitors and embrace the need for an online presence and service. Employees in retail need to be equipped with the right skills for present and future retail needs.

    The Level 4 Higher Apprenticeship for Retail Management arms your company with knowledge & the benefit of experience to support your business survival into the future.

    A partnership of Newham College, Westminster Kingsway College, Skillsmart, ABC Awards & The National Apprenticeship Service..

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