Assistant Buyer and Merchandiser Level 6 Apprenticeship

Assistant Buyer and Merchandiser Level 6 Apprenticeship

Developing senior talent in buying and merchandising

The Assistant Buyer and Merchandiser Level 6 Apprenticeship enables you to enhance your offer of a career in retail and recruit talented people in the buying and merchandising function who will see the industry as a career of choice. 

The programme is a core and options apprenticeship, which gives flexibility to those who wish to develop their skills. It focuses on the joint skills base that both buyers and merchandisers have, as well as meeting their specific needs.

Apprenticeship levy funds reinvested back into the industry

This apprenticeship can help you make the most of your apprenticeship levy funds. Over the 24-month programme, you can claim back up to £10,000 of your levy funds per student.

*Funding rules currently apply to England only.

Benefits for your organisation

  • Funded from your apprenticeship levy. If you are a large business, the cost of the Assistant Buyer and Merchandiser Apprenticeship is fully funded from your apprenticeship levy. If you are a smaller business, then 95% of the cost of the programme could be funded by the government.
  • Business relevant skills. Students develop the skills and knowledge directly relevant to your company.
  • Attracting and retaining higher calibre talent. A package of study and work will attract the most talented people to your organisation.
  • Business focused. A programme aimed at building the skills you need, developed by experts in buying and merchandising from the retail sector.
  • Increased productivity. 78% of employers with apprentices report an improvement in productivity.
  • Progression. Develop the career aspirations of your highest performing employees, increasing retention and rewarding achievement.

Who is the programme for?

The apprenticeship degree is suited to individuals looking to begin or develop a career in a variety of positions in buying and merchandising including:

  • Assistant buyer
  • Assistant merchandiser
  • Junior buyer
  • Junior merchandiser
  • Buyer
  • Merchandiser.

How does it work?

Apprentices work full-time, while studying their apprenticeship, overseen by an accredited training provider or university.

Academic learning is integrated with practical on-the-job experience. A blended approach to learning combines face-to-face training with online learning, research and assessment activities. Apprentices can negotiate business projects with you so they can apply their learning directly to your organisation and its business context.

Areas of study

The standard focuses on developing knowledge and skills in the following areas:

  • Maximise sales and profit by ensuring that the right products are available to customers in the right place at the right time and in the right quantities
  • Effective business forecasting
  • Risk or opportunity analysis
  • Creativity and business insight
  • Anticipate and shape customer demand and market trends
  • Identify and source the right products and services, in line with the organisation’s strategic objectives.

Skills developed

Employees will develop the following strategic, technical, managerial and core buying and merchandising skills:

  • Creatively manage a portfolio of products or services to ensure that the critical paths for the assortment are followed, taking appropriate corrective actions to resolve issues as needed.
  • Apply detailed knowledge of the UK and/or global markets to select and develop an appropriate product or service range.
  • Through effective leadership, develop and contribute to the departmental buying or merchandising strategy to ensure overarching organisational objectives are met and that products or services meet the needs of the customer.
  • Take account of emerging technological changes in design and delivery as well as new markets to maximise market share and profitability.
  • Make informed managerial decisions that manage risk, drive sales and profitability, taking into account the requirements of the different customers or delivery channels.
  • Drive sales and profitability by effectively negotiating with suppliers on key deliverables such as capacity, cost price and flexibility, re-buys, cancellations, delivery dates, lead times, promotion support and so on.
  • Manage and collaborate with key internal stakeholder functions to agree appropriate promotional strategies and other activities to maximise the success or profitability of the allocated assortment.
  • Deliver robust range building and planning for the assigned assortment, linking it in to the wider operation of the buying and merchandising function.
  • Lead, coach, manage, motivate and develop themselves and team members to achieve personal and business success.
  • Ensure all channels to market are considered and the most appropriate channels are selected to maximise the sales and profit potential.

Your obligations as an employer

  • You will need to sign an agreement with your chosen university or training provider, agreeing to support your member of staff throughout the programme.
  • You will play a vital role in ensuring that the apprentice is able to undertake the minimum 20% off-the-job training requirement of the apprenticeship. Therefore, you will be required to design a flexible work schedule, which allows time to study.
  • Apprentices will require a workplace mentor who will oversee their development and coordinate projects and learning with the university tutor.

Get in touch

For more information about how the Assistant Buyer and Merchandiser Apprenticeship can work for your business, please contact Joe Ryan at [email protected]