Retail trailblazer to develop two new apprenticeship standards
The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has announced that the retail trailblazer, led by the Co-operative and managed by People 1st, will continue to develop standards in phase three of the governments apprenticeship reforms.
The trailblazer has already been working on an apprenticeship standard in phase two which is currently awaiting ministerial approval.
The new development will include two standards - one for a retail manager and one for a retail supervisor.
Skills Minister Nick Boles said: “I congratulate the retail trailblazer, supported by People 1st for the key role it is playing in developing new top-quality apprenticeships. Through the trailblazers initiative companies like Asda, B&Q, Boots UK, Tesco, Debenhams, Goulds Dorchester and John Lewis, in collaboration with their industry partners, will give people the skills they need to thrive and our businesses need to compete.”
The employers in the retail trailblazer will continue to work together to develop the new standards in phase three.
Annette Allmark, director of strategic policy at People 1st, said employers had reported to People 1st that 72% of their vacancies are hard to fill because they cannot find applicants with the required skills, particularly in customer service.
She added: “I’d encourage any employers that haven’t been part of the process as yet to get involved, especially small and medium sized businesses even if they don’t currently employ apprentices now, this is a great opportunity to influence the new look apprenticeship during its development.”
The full list of employers and trade bodies working on the phase three apprenticeship trailblazer standards includes:
- The Co-operative Group
- Goulds Dorchester
- John Lewis
- AS Watson Group
- Home Retail Group
- British Retail Consortium
- The Horticulture Trades Association
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