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Apprenticeships provide a clear and recognised route to specific job roles. They are an effective way to ‘grow your own’ talent in hard-to-recruit or high turnover positions. The recent announcement of the Apprenticeship Levy means that the majority of businesses will be charged for Apprenticeships whether they are part of your training offer or not. The FRA Enterprises team is best placed to help develop and deliver Apprenticeship programmes to ensure they add real and lasting value.

The FRA is able to support retailers with the provision of apprenticeships in the fashion and beauty retail sector. Our knowledge and experience make us the best partner to support your needs.

  • Attracting the right people to fill your vacancies: using the National Apprenticeship database, the FRA website, FRA social media and promotional events such as schools and recruitment shows
  • Training is funded or part funded by the UK government
  • Savings on salary costs whilst training (*see Apprenticeship Levy below)
  • Savings on National Insurance payments (no National Insurance payments for Apprenticeships from April 2016)
  • We have a proven track-record in delivering specialist fashion retail programmes that meet the needs of employers
  • We take all the hassle out of the process for you because we understand your business
  • We give continuous support, including 12 weekly apprenticeship reviews to check progress and offer support to both apprentice and employer
  • We can use our central London building or provide training in your offices if more convenient, allowing us to deliver apprenticeships across the country
  • Provide off-the-job training delivered by industry professionals

An Apprentice is employed by you and works for a minimum of 30 hours per week (a maximum 40 hrs per week). Apprentices work towards a nationally recognised qualification which is detailed in an individual learning plan. Two main qualifications usually make up an apprenticeship framework, one to satisfy work-based competency and the other delivered at the FRA providing the knowledge that underpins the work-based learning. An Apprentice normally attends college on a weekly basis, however training is flexible and can be adapted to suit your business needs and that of the Apprenticeship programme, which usually runs from between 12 (minimum) to 24 months (subject to the learner’s previous experience and personal ambition). By the end of the programme you have a fully trained, motivated, member of staff who will be able to perform the job that he/she has received training for. 

  • This type of Apprenticeship will help you to recruit and train new entrants to your workforce.
  • We can assist in this process by carrying out the pre-screening of applicants, saving you available resources.

This programme offers cost effective training for existing employees on a day release model.

Apprenticeships are available for many popular roles within the retail industry. There are existing frameworks that we can utilise to deliver apprenticeships in store and head office roles such as:

  • Visual merchandising
  • Store management, supervisory and advisory roles
  • Customer facing roles
  • Buying and merchandising entry level roles (BAA and MAA)
  • Digital marketing
  • Business administration

Equally, the FRA is very responsive to employer demand, therefore if you have a particular requirement for Apprenticeships please let us know.

The UK Government recommended minimum rate of pay for an Apprentice is currently £3.30 per hour. This rate of pay applies to Apprentices aged 16 – 18 and those aged 19 or over who are in their first year.

  • Ages 16 – 18: no financial cost to the employer other than a salary
  • Ages 19 – 23: salary + 50% of the cost of training is funded by the employer (speak to us about our incentives)
  • 24+: salary + full fees apply - these differ subject to the type of Apprenticeship (speak to us about cost and  our incentives )
  • Employers will be exempt from paying National Insurance contributions for Apprentices from
  • Apprenticeship Grant for Employers of 16 to 24 year olds (for businesses with less than 1000 employees):

The National Apprenticeship Service will provide a grant “AGE 16 to 24” to eligible employers, in respect of qualifying apprentices, with an individual value of £1,500. Employers can be paid ten grants in total during the lifetime of the initiative.

  • The apprenticeship levy will come into effect in April 2017*

The levy will be charged to all employers in the UK with a total salary bill in excess of £3 million per year, at a rate of 0.5%.  All employers will receive an allowance of £15,000 to offset against payment of the levy. This effectively means that the levy will only be payable on pay bills in excess of £3 million per year.

Call us or e-mail us to find out more

Tel: Fabiola OseiHwedieh - 020 3040 2886