Retail Apprenticeship Market Town - Co-Operative (Northern)

Apprenticeships don’t have to be a Plan B. At least not at the Co-op. Our retail trailblazer programme is designed to really set you up for success, and propel you into the world of retail. You’ll get all the support you need; from area and store management, the learning provider and our very own learning and development teams.

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

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Closing date: 29 Sep 2017

Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage


  • Working week

    5 out of 7 days on rota basis, 30 hours per week. Shifts TBC.

    Total hours per week: 30.00

  • Apprenticeship duration

    15 months

  • Possible start date

    09 Oct 2017

  • Date posted

    12 Sep 2017

  • Apprenticeship level

    Intermediate Level Apprenticeship

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

Unlike a lot of retail apprenticeship programs, you’ll receive a full time salary and won’t have to pay anything towards your learning; we’ll even give you an iPad to help you with your studies. Our program has been so successful this year that one of our apprentices has been nominated for ‘Retail Apprentice of the Year’. And if you do a really great job, there’s no reason why you can’t work your way to management roles quickly.

Being a retail trailblazer isn’t just stacking shelves. It’s so much more. You’ll complete 11 core modules such as brand, marketing, product and team, to name a few, showing how you’ve learnt it, shown it and lived it.

20% of your time will be spent completing these modules through interactive technology, wherever’s most convenient for you.

What you’ll do:

  • Learn how specific departments in the store operate.
  • Serve customers on the shop floor and at the till.
  • Improve your knowledge of the products that we stock.
  • Help merchandise the store.
  • Replenish and perform stock rotations.
  • Support deliveries by offloading cages and refilling the warehouse.
  • Work within the local community by supporting local social initiatives.

Things you’ll need to know:

  • To be eligible to work in one of our convenience stores you’ve got to be 18 years old. This is due to alcohol, licencing and health and safety laws that we must comply with.
  • To be able to work in one of our larger stores, you’ll need to be 17 years old.
  • You must complete a 12 week probation period to be eligible for the program.
  • If you’re an internal candidate, your hours are only increased by being on the trailblazer program, if you withdraw then your previous contracted hours may not be available.


Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • You’ve never worked in, or have less than 12 months experience, in a food retail role.
  • You can show the required skills in English and maths.
  • You think you could balance the hours of a full time job and learning in your own time.
  • You don’t want a 9 – 5 job and would love to work varying shift patterns.
  • You acknowledge that this isn’t just an increase in hours, it’s a full time commitment to study.

Personal qualities

  • You’re an amazing communicator.
  • You’re passionate about the retail industry.
  • You find variety exciting and welcome that no two days will be the same.
  • You love personal development and you’re committed to managing your own learning.

Qualifications required

  • GCSE grade A*-C in Maths and English (or equivalent) desirable but not essential

Future prospects

When you have successfully completed your Apprenticeship, you may have the opportunity to progress to an NVQ Level 3 in Retail.

Things to consider

Before you make your application, please ensure that you are able to reliably travel to and from the employer location on a daily basis at the varied opening times of the store. Please check bus times/travel arrangements. For any queries regarding this vacancy, please contact

About the employer

We’re one of the world’s largest consumer co-operatives, owned by millions of members. We’re the UK’s fifth biggest food retailer with more than 2,500 local, convenience and medium-sized stores. As well as having clear financial and operational objectives and employing nearly 70,000 people, we’re a recognised leader for our social goals and community-led programmes. We exist to meet members’ needs and stand up for the things they believe in.


Market Town - Co-Operative (Northern)


Rainhall Road


BB18 6AB

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Training provider

  • Retailer Level 2

Apprenticeship standard

Retail > Retailer

Training provider

Learndirect Apprenticeships Limited

Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Learndirect Apprenticeships Limited

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

Apply now

Closing date: 29 Sep 2017