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Level 4 Higher Merchandising Apprenticeship

Central London

£16,000 per year (£8.79 per hour)

Want to get stuck into work, straight out of school? Our two year Head Office Merchandising Apprenticeship programme offers a degree-free, direct route into a Merchandising career. We have teamed up with the Fashion Retail Academy to support you on your journey.

Merchandisers put their analytical skills into practice to decide what should be sold where and the quantity of stock that is required. As an apprentice, you’ll play a vital role on the team, while launching your career.


So what is it? Well, it’s a real job, putting you to work on live business (we’ll match you to a brand that’s a good fit). You'll be working with friendly, passionate people. A graduate buddy will show you the ropes, plus you'll learn from more experienced colleagues, and hang out with 11 other apprentices in the same boat!

Day to day you will be:
• Analysing data through excel and sales reports
• Pinpointing the data trends that drive sales
• Helping to allocate stock
• Monitoring and reviewing sales and stock levels
• Providing general administration support to the team
• Starting early on a Monday morning to prep for those all-important trade meetings

Training will take place at least one day each month at the Fashion Retail Academy. You'll be working towards a Level 4 Higher Apprenticeship qualification in Business Administration, accredited by Gateway Qualifications. Then, when qualified you should be all set up to take a Merchandise Admin Assistant role.


You're super-curious about pretty much everything. It should go without saying that you’re happy with numbers, great with detail, and have a good, intuitive feel for the commercial world. You’re excited about fashion, keen to learn and adapt in a fast-paced environment, with the resilience and drive to back it up when the going gets tough.

To qualify, you’ll need to have achieved – or been predicted to achieve – 96 UCAS tariff points, including two A Levels or an equivalent qualification. You’ll also need to have GCSEs in Maths (grade B or better) and English (grade C or better), the equivalent to new GCSE grades 6, 5 and 4. 

We’ll expect you to live in or around London, to ensure the commute to our office – right in the heart of town – is viable day in, day out. Remember to check the travel costs, too.


  • Regular offsite training at the Fashion Retail Academy (FRA)
  • A Level 4 Higher Apprenticeship qualification
  • 25% staff discount across all of our fab brands to shop until you drop
  • Early finish Fridays during Summer!
  • Eligibility for a student NUS card
  • Stunning London offices with a restaurant, bar and beauty salon to always look and feel your best
  • Regular sample sales to refresh your wardrobe at fractional prices
  • Fun, inspiring and ambitious colleagues pushing the boundaries across the whole business
  • Regular competitions to win amazing prizes
  • Events to support our diverse range of charities
  • Interest free season ticket loan to help with those travel expenses!
  • 22 days holiday with holiday trading

Apply before the 22nd of January and have the oppotunity to be invited to find out more at an Apprenticeship Insight Day held at Arcadia HQ.

This role will be closing for applications on Monday the 28th of January, the start date for this role will be September 2019.