March 2015 WBL update

Mon Mar 23 10:56:00 UTC 2015

This month’s retail sector update includes the approved Trailblazer Apprenticeship standards and new qualifications updates. 

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Trailblazers for Retail Apprenticeships

The following standards have now been approved for trailblazers: 

Retailer (L2), Retail Team Leader (L3), Retail Manager (L4)

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These Trailblazer Apprenticeship standards will be used instead of the existing Retail Apprenticeship standards from 2017. However, please note that current SASE Apprenticeships will continue until August 2017.

The Trailblazer groups and Awarding Organisations are now working on how the standards will be assessed and determining finer details, including specific timelines. We are planning a series of webinars to update on Trailblazers activity (expected to begin in the summer when more information will be available).

A new Trailblazer for Trade Business Services was approved last week that will be chaired by Howdens. The first meeting will take place in April, so we will see new standards being developed for that area in the next 12 months. Further information will be shared as and when it is available.

New qualifications:

Two new CPD Awards were accredited on 1 March 2015:

  • Level 2 Award In Using and Promoting Multi-Channel Retailing in Store (QCF)
  • Level 3 Award In Working with Colleagues to Promote Multi-Channel Retailing (QCF)
The specifications for these qualifications can be found under the Retail section at:

For more information, contact Tara Powerville. 

Tara PowervilleSector Manager for Hospitality
+44 (0)1865 314 252
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