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Apprenticeships

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

For over 10 years, the Fashion Retail Academy has successfully delivered fashion and retail courses to over 5,000 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.

Apprenticeships are a practical alternative to traditional qualifications and give you the chance to combine on-job experience with classroom learning. They usually take between 12 – 24 months to complete and are offered at Level 2 to Level 7 in a variety of professions. As a fashion and retail college, we focus on retail relevant programmes, and offer Apprenticeships at L2 to L4 in Buying, Merchandising, Retail, Customer Service and Digital Marketing.

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 L2 Fashion Retail, L3 Fashion Retail and L3 Fashion Design full-time courses are an ideal alternative, enabling you to secure a job in fashion on graduating, whilst working part-time.  Our dedicated Retail Liaison department 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 in exactly the same way as 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 L4 full-time courses 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.

Because 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 Apprenticeship   We also provide you with opportunities to work in retail roles during your course by connecting you with our partner brands who are looking for part-time employees throughout the year programmes, don’t forget the FRA offers lots of alternative routes to securing a job in fashion – these include full-time and fast track programmes in Buying, Merch, VM, Fashion Retail, Digital Marketing, Garment Tech and more.

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 apprenticeships@fra.ac.uk


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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Alternatively, if you are looking to secure a job in fashion why not apply for one of our full-time or fast track courses, which can get you from classroom to your dream job in as little as 22 weeks.

Click here for more details.