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Unsure what to do after leaving school? Apprenticeships give you the chance to earn whilst you learn!

For over 15 years, the Fashion Retail Academy has successfully delivered fashion and retail courses to over 11,000 students. As a growing college, we are always looking at new courses and delivery methods, and are proud to be collaborating with UK and international retailers to offer Fashion and Retail Apprenticeships.

Our professional Apprenticeship programmes range between Level 2 – Level 6 and are usually between one and three years in duration. During this time, you’ll be employed by a fashion and/or retail brand whilst studying with the FRA to gain an industry-recognised. Apprenticeship Standard. Programmes we currently offer include:

  • Buying & Merchandising Assistant L4
  • Assistant Buyer/ Merchandiser L6
  • Retailer L2
  • Retail Team Leader L3
  • Retail Manager L4
  • Retail with Visual Merchandising specialism (L2 - L4)
  • Customer Service Specialist L3
  • Business Administrator L3

Apprenticeship schemes are driven by our retail partners and their current vacancies.  They can be available at any time of the year, in exactly the same way jobs are. Therefore we can't guarantee a specific programme, level or and start date.  

Alternative to Apprenticeships

If we don't have the apprenticeship you are looking for, our Level 2 Fashion Retail, Level 3 Fashion Retail and Level 3 Fashion Design full-time Diploma courses are an ideal alternative, enabling you to secure a job in fashion on graduating, whilst working part-time.  Our dedicated Career Advisors will provide you with part-time retail job opportunities from our partner brands throughout your course. Courses are free (to under 19's) and you can earn and learn simultaneously just like an apprenticeship.  On completion, you can choose whether to continue studying, go into full time employment or do both with an apprenticeship at a higher level.

We also offer Level 4 full-time Diploma courses and Fast-Tracked Degrees to help secure your first job in the fashion industry, getting from the classroom to your dream job in as little as one year.

Apprenticeships are driven by businesses, so in our case, the retail partners we work with. Apprenticeship vacancies arise when a retailer decides they want to hire an Apprentice to work in their business in a specific job function, e.g. buying or marketing.

Apprentices are full-time employees and study part-time with an Apprenticeship Training Provider. The Fashion Retail Academy is an Apprenticeship Training Provider for a number of retailers including F&F Tesco, Whistles, and Arcadia to name but a few.

Since our retail partners drive Apprenticeship vacancies, we cannot guarantee what programmes we have running and when. Check below for any current vacancies. If we’re not taking applications for any Apprenticeships, we recommend you look at our full-time coursesWe also provide our students the opportunity to work in a retail role during their course by connecting them with our partner brands who are looking for part-time employees throughout the year programmes. 

There are a variety of eligibly requirement to take part in an Apprenticeship Programme. These will vary from role to role but you need to be able to tick the following boxes to apply for any programme:

  • I have legally left school and am over 16
  • I have been a resident in the UK or EU for over three years
  • I’m not currently attending another school or college, or in full-time higher education
  • I am not an overseas national with any learning or employment restrictions
  • I’m not in custody as a prisoner, on remand or on probation
  • I’m not taking part any other enterprise programme funded by the UK government or ESFA, or taking part in a EU funded Vocational Training Programme

If you’re unsure if you meet the eligibility requirements please get in touch with our team by emailing



If you are not interested in any of the apprenticeships listed in our website, please feel free to register your interest using the form below, and we will get in touch with you shortly. By completing this form you are consenting to receive information about our courses and apprenticeships.

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