NEW Stronger Starts Retail

Salary: minimum starting salary £22,501.44 (36 hours per week)
Holiday allowance: 20 days pro rata plus a personal day - rising to 22 days after 12 months (plus Bank holiday)
What you need: No qualification required
Location: Birmingham, Hertfordshire, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Sheffield
Programme start date: 23 September 2024

Application open date: 24 June 2024

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Stronger Starts Retail

Our Stronger Starts Retail Apprenticeship delivered by Lifetime Training, won’t just give you a stronger start towards an exciting and rewarding career with us, it will support you to develop new skills, build your confidence and learn about all areas of retail as well as getting hands-on practical experience of working in different areas of our store.  If you have the passion and commitment to succeed, this could be the fantastic opportunity for you, you could even develop further and become a shift leader at the end of your apprenticeship.


The apprenticeship is delivered in store and takes a minimum of 12 months to complete.  You’ll spend time doing a range of activities from completing learning on a tablet device you're provided with, to putting in to practice your learning on the shop floor.  As part of the apprenticeship programme, you may need to achieve qualifications in maths and English called Functional Skills.  These qualifications are the equivalent to holding GCSEs in those subjects.  If you’ve previously achieved these at Grade C/Grade 4 or above, you won't need to complete these as part of the programme.


Once you've completed the programme, you'll be awarded your Level 2 National Standard in Retail, which is equivalent to 5 GCSE passes.

Who we are looking for

The real success in this role will come from getting stuck in, working as part of a team as well getting to know and serving our customers and colleagues. We're particularly wanting to hear from school leavers who are aged 16-18 years and applicants who were eligible for free school meals and/or attend a state-funded school.

Are you:
• passionate about retail and want to build your career
• flexible, as you may be asked to work weekends and different shifts
• always on time, well presented and committed
• ready to work within a team and deliver great service

You will need to provide Right to Work identification - Passport or FULL birth certificate and proof of National Insurance number.

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To become an apprentice, you’ll need to meet the following eligibility criteria:
• You’re a citizen of the United Kingdom or a country within the European Economic Area (EEA) and have been a resident for at least 3 years prior to starting your apprenticeship ~
• You’re not an overseas national, subject to employment restrictions or working on a student visa. Further checks on eligibility may be required depending on your individual circumstances
• You’re not planning to return to funded education/training for more than 16 hours per week in the 16 months after you've left school
• You’ve not already completed an NVQ/ diploma qualification or above in retail
~ Eligibility criteria is set by the Department of Education and is subject to change

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Support you'll receive

We know that working and learning can be a challenge, that’s why you’ll have a network of people to support you, from expert 1-1 pastoral support from the Prince’s Trust to a dedicate Lifetime apprenticeship coach, they'll be someone there every step of the way. You'll also be welcomed by our friendly store team and given a buddy who will be on hand to offer advice as well as guide and support you throughout your time with us. We'll also provide you with £3.50 per day towards your lunch cost for the first four-weeks of you working with us.

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