APPRENTICESHIPS

An Apprenticeship is a genuine job that gives you the opportunity to combine study and work, to earn whilst you learn. As an Apprentice, you will gain valuable skills and knowledge in a specific job role through a wide mix of learning in the workplace, formal off-the-job training and the opportunity to practise new skills in a real work environment.

What we offer

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 industry recognised Apprenticeship Standard. Programmes we currently offer include:

Customer Service Practitioner

Customer Service Practitioner

Customer Service Specialist

Customer Service Specialist

Level 2 Retailer

Level 2 Retailer

Level 3 Retail Manager

Level 3 Retail Manager

Level 3 Retail Team Leader

Level 3 Retail Team Leader

Level 3 Business Administrator

Level 3 Business Administrator

Level 3 Fashion Studio Assistant: Product Development & Product Pathway

Level 3 Fashion Studio Assistant: Product Development & Product Pathway

Level 4 Buying & Merchandising Assistant

Level 4 Buying & Merchandising Assistant

Level 6 Assistant Buyer/Merchandiser

Level 6 Assistant Buyer/Merchandiser

Who we work with?

Our Apprenticeship partners are growing and evolving. Our current retail partners include:

F&F
River Island
M&S
Harrods
ASOS
Louis Vuitton
Missguided
Superdrug
TK Maxx
Pure Seoul
Dunhill
PEP&CO
Matalan
Beaverbrooks
N16 Vintage
REISS
Lacoste

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 the Fashion Retail Academy, an Apprenticeship Training Provider for a number of retailers including Harrods, F&F Tesco and TK Maxx to name but a few.

  • Earn whilst you learn. Salaries usually range between £15–21k depending on the retailer and location
  • Gain a significant amount of practical experience whilst studying
  • Graduate with a nationally recognised Apprenticeship Standard
  • Work for a leading fashion or retail brand
  • Increase your career prospects and future earnings.

There are a variety of eligibility requirements 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 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 government – funded programme

If you’re unsure if you meet the eligibility requirements please get in touch with our team by emailing apprenticeships@fra.ac.uk.

Apprenticeship vacancies are driven by our retail partners, which means openings are sporadic. They can be available at any time of the year. Like a job, we can never guarantee the availability of a specific programme.

L4 Buying & Merchandising Apprentice

When I joined the L4 Buying & Merchandising Apprenticeship programme, I was 2.5 years into my career with Sainsbury's. I saw it as a great opportunity to learn more about the wider business and it was great to travel down to London every month for development days. I enjoyed immersing myself back into learning again and feel that I gained additional knowledge to support me in my then role. After my first year I became pregnant and paused my learning whilst I went onto maternity leave. When I came back into the business – I was approached by the FRA who wanted to understand how they could support me in completing my qualification whilst working and looking after my son. It was all about balance and both Sainsbury's and the FRA were key in helping me to juggle work, family life and the apprenticeship. At times it was tough but I am so happy to have finally completed the qualification. I gained great feedback from my peers and leaders within the business upon completion and more recently I have been promoted into a new role in Supply Chain.

L4 Buying & Merchandising Apprentice

“I started the  L4 Buying & Merchandising Apprenticeship whilst working as a Buyers Admin, I found it was a great opportunity to learn more in regard to the business side of things and found the modules that were included would strengthen my skill set for the next level of my role. It was a great opportunity to travel to London once a month for the development days and interacting with other people within the wider business that were also doing the course. I found that I gained additional knowledge and confidence from the course and I was promoted to Assistant Buyer within the first year of the course. I became pregnant during the first year of the course so took a year break whilst on maternity leave. When I returned to work, I was approached by the FRA to see if I wanted to carry on with the course and how they could support my learning whilst juggling a full-time job and family life. The return was hard at times, particularly learning to balance all the elements in my life and getting back into a routine. I am really pleased that I continued on with the course when I came back to finish my qualification. I found I was supported by both the tutors and my manager to help with this balance with workload and the practicality of the deadlines that were set. I have received great feedback from course leaders in terms of my work as well as within the business.”

L3 Retail Team Leader Apprentice

“What a great eye-opener, it’s a different world of retail where very high value transactions are the norm…I’m currently sourcing rare jewellery pieces for a client in Geneva…my job is to source anything the client wants be it a product, service, luxury holiday, special occasion… Service is elevated to 5-star and beyond…it has to be.”