ABC's Retail qualifications give learners the insight and experience required to begin a career in a variety of retail environments and many of the retail qualifications equip learners with a solid understanding of working in a variety of retail businesses. The qualifications allow learners to develop skills in dealing with stock, merchandising, packing, customer service, processing sales and storage.
Shopping has become one of the nations most popular past times and nothing more so than for the latest fashion and accessories. For those who would love a career in this environment, ABC's well established Fashion Retail qualifications could be the perfect choice. These qualifications already have the support of a number of major retail employers.
ABC's Buying and Visual Merchandising for Fashion Retail qualifications deal with how catwalk fashions get into high street stores. These qualifications teach learners the business of getting the right stock at the right price in the right location - and can lead to the opportunity to travel, influence next season's fashions and develop business skills.
We have qualifications which form part of the apprenticeship framework, for more information click here
Level 3 Diploma in Foundation Studies in Art, Design & Media (QCF)
Level 3 Diploma in Fashion Retail (QCF)
ABC Awards has received confirmation from UCAS regarding tariffs for the above two qualifications. UCAS has uploaded the Expert Group Report onto their website and amended appropriate text. Further information is available from the UCAS website.
Points for the Level 3 Diploma in Foundation Studies Art, Design & Media (QCF) are - Distinction 285, Merit 225, Pass 165.
Points for the Level 3 Diploma in Fashion Retail (QCF) are - Distinction 160, Merit 120, Pass 80.
As employees, apprentices earn a wage and work alongside experienced staff to gain job-specific skills. Off the job, usually on a day-release basis, apprentices receive training to work towards nationally recognised qualifications. Anyone living in England, over 16 and not in full-time education can apply.
Apprenticeships can take between one and four years to complete depending on the level of Apprenticeship, the apprentices’ ability and the industry sector. * All employed apprentices will get a wage, at least the National Minimum Wage (NMW) however, as skills develop, many employers tend to increase wages – in fact, research has found that apprentices earn an average of £170 net pay per week.
• earn a salary
• get paid holidays
• receive training
• gain qualifications
• learn job-specific skills
There are three levels of Apprenticeship available for those aged 16 and over:
Intermediate Level Apprenticeships
Apprentices work towards work-based learning qualifications such as a Level 2 Competence Qualification, Functional Skills and, in most cases, a relevant knowledge-based qualification.
Advanced Level Apprenticeships
Apprentices work towards work-based learning such as a Level 3 Competence Qualification, Functional Skills and, in most cases, a relevant knowledge-based qualification.
Apprentices work towards work-based learning qualifications such as a Level 4 Competence Qualification, Functional Skills and, in some cases, a knowledge-based qualification such as a Foundation Degree.
Apprenticeships are available in the following Sectors
Agriculture, Horticulture and Animal Care*
Arts, Media and Publishing
Business, Administration and Law
Construction, Planning and the Built Environment
Education and Training
Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies*
Health, Public Services and Care*
Information and Communication Technology
Leisure, Travel and Tourism
Retail and Commercial Enterprise*
ABC Awards has qualifications in these sectors* that contribute to Apprenticeships:
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