Buying and Merchandising Assistant Apprenticeship – Reference Number: ST0683
The Buying and Merchandising Assistant apprenticeship is suitable for individuals who are typically involved in interacting with a wide range of internal and external colleagues, including but not limited to, their wider buying and merchandising teams, designers, manufacturers, suppliers, distribution centres, stores, marketing, finance and IT departments. This is normally an office-based role, but may involve remote working, travel to stores, trade fairs, supplier meetings etc. Buying and merchandising assistants work collaboratively to contribute to the delivery of department/company sales and profit targets. Once completed, a Buying and Merchandising Assistant will be able to develop a successful operational or strategic approach to buying/merchandising at a high level of industry standards, and use this knowledge of industry to contribute to new production development and innovation.
For larger corporate cohorts, training can be delivered through a blend of in-house and virtual, at a convenient time and place to the employer. For smaller cohorts, training will be delivered through a mixture of virtual and face to face delivery. All apprentices will have access to the OneFile virtual learning environment for reading, study, communication and to evidence learning and progression. Line managers also have access to the OneFile system.
The apprenticeship will take approximately 18 months to complete during which time the apprentice will gather evidence that apprenticeship outcomes have been met. During this time, the apprentice will have regular meetings (every 6-8 weeks) with their mentor / assessor to check progress.