Apprentice Information: Apprenticeship in Retail Supervision
The Apprenticeship in Retail Supervision programme is a 2-Year programme that allows you to continue to work full-time while you gain a Level 6 qualification.
Apprentices must attend classroom and online classes – 24 days in year 1 and 24 days in Year 2. Classes are delivered in three locations, including Cork, Dublin, and Galway.
The programme combines learning in the workplace with classroom, online and independent learning.
- Workplace Learning – When you enrol on the programme your employer is agreeing to support you throughout the duration of the programme. Providing supports such as time off work to attend class, assigning a Workplace Mentor to guide and support you, assistance with a laptop, travel, accommodation expenses to attend classroom delivery and time in your working week to implement learning in your place of work. As part of the workplace learning, you must also complete workplace tasks for each module to develop the competencies and practical application in the retail environment. You must also be committed to sharing new ideas and implementing learnings acquired in the workplace.
- Classroom and Online Learning. Apprentices attend classroom and online delivery 24 days in Year 1 and 23 days in Year 2. In Year 1, 14 days are delivered in the classroom and 10 days are delivered online from 10am-5pm each day. Attendance is compulsory for all classes.
The programme is delivered one module at a time between September and June (typically 2-3 days per month 10am-5pm). For example, in September the Retail Customer Experience module is delivered over three days – 2 days in the classroom and 1 day online. In October, the Retail Communications module will be delivered in the same way, and so on. Over the two years, you will complete 13 modules and complete written assessments/exams as part of the programme.
- Independent Learning – you are required to complete 4-hours of independent learning each week. This time allows for additional reading, writing assessments, and research.
Modules are delivered using a blend of classroom and online from September to May/June. Classes are scheduled from 10am – 5pm and attendance is compulsory. Apprentices complete one module at a time (e.g., Retail Customer Experience in September, Retail Professional Selling in October, and Retail IT in November). Classes are scheduled for retail friendly dates avoiding busy retail periods such as Christmas, Black Friday, Easter and so on.
The modules covered over the two years provide a strong theoretical underpinning of each topic and practical application in the retail environment. On completion of the programme, you will attain an Advanced Level 6 Award which is recognised nationally and internationally.
This Apprenticeship programme offers excellent progression routes. Graduates from the Apprenticeship in Retail Supervision can gain access onto Year 2 of the Retail Management Practice Degree. This means that you can graduate with an Apprenticeship and a Degree all within 4 Years.