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This is a sector that can provide huge compensation whilst also offering a wide selection of retail apprenticeships. It's diverse, busy and constantly evolving - find out about current vacancies on TheBigChoice.

How to get a Store Manger Apprenticeship - Career Advice
How much can I earn as a Store Management Apprentice?
Whilst store manager salaries might appear modest, if you rise up to become a store or regional manager for a well known brand you could see you pay packet increase hugely. Average salaries for the following jobs, according to Pay Scale, are:
  • Sales assistant: Up to £17,000
  • Store manager: £23,306
  • Area/regional manager: £35,174
Apprentices within the retail sector, including those training to become store managers, will earn around £200 per week.
What qualifications do I need to be a Store Management Apprentice?
As an industry retail is one of the most flexible in terms of routes to the best jobs. It is possible to progress from the bottom-up after starting a Saturday job, or take a variety of formal schemes aimed at school/college leavers. As with other job sectors apprenticeships are becoming more common and impressive across the retail sector, with many training school leavers up to become store managers within a few short months or years. Apprenticeships allow you to work towards a nationally recognised qualification whilst earning a wage working for an employer. This provides the best of both worlds and is the perfect route if retail is already your chose career. As a retail apprentice, your role will depend on your employer. You could be assisting customers on the sales floor of a high street store or handling their purchases, or working on various roles in head office. This route offers many opportunities for early career progression. If you do want to go to university, you can study for a specific degree much as retail management, buying or merchandising, or even something as broad as management or a humanities subject. The former will allow you to apply for roles within these specific areas after university, whilst the latter mean you could pursue more general head office roles, such as HR or marketing.
What skills do I need to be a Store Management Apprentice?
The main skill that you need to work as a store manager within the retail sector is communication – building relationships with people and ensuring they have the best experience possible in your store is key. Other hugely important skills include:
  • Teamwork
  • Patience
  • Ability to be proactive
  • Calmness
  • Multi-tasking
What experience do I need to get a job in Store Management Apprenticeship?
Any retail experience that you can get, whether it is through work shadowing or spending your weekends behind the checkout, will give you a head start when applying for a job as a store manager. Likewise, any business or administration experience is likely to demonstrate that you have an understanding of what is required of the job. Contact organisations directly and see if they have a position for you.