HR · 5 March 2018

Retailers pledge to ramp up apprenticeship training by 2020

Retailers see apprenticeships as key to developing their future workforce
Over three-quarters of UK retailers have pledged to increase the number of apprenticeship training placements they offer over the next two years.

At the start of National Apprenticeship Week 2018, new data from the British Retail Consortium (BRC) revealed that 86 per cent of retailers said they were committed to ramping up apprenticeship training.

In England, retailers said they would increase the number of higher and advanced apprenticeships offered in 2017/18 by more than two-and-a-half times compared to the previous year.

The BRC said retailers saw apprenticeships as key to developing their future workforce and responding to the significant transformation taken place in their sector.

These include new technologies entering the workplace and the growth of higher skilled roles.

apprenticeships present a real opportunity to develop the skills base the retail industry of the future needs, the BRC said.

Chief executive of the BRC, Helen Dickinson, added: National Apprenticeship Week is a great opportunity to celebrate apprenticeships and raise awareness of the opportunities out there.

in our industry alone apprenticeship opportunities span customer facing positions, specialist digital and technical roles, support functions and there are more standards still in development.



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Dickinson said, almost a year after the Apprenticeship levy was introduced, that the number of retailers keen to expand their apprenticeship numbers demonstrated the industry’s ongoing commitment? to improving its workforce.

Indeed, ahead of National Apprenticeship Week, ecommerce giant Amazon said it will be recruiting a further 170 apprentices in its UK fulfilment centres.