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Retail Apprenticeship Degree

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If you're used to shopping online why not gain experience as a Retail Apprentice and learn about the work that goes on behind the scenes at Dunelm stores. Dunelm are now offering a Retail Degree Apprenticeship in partnership with Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) across the UK.


You will earn as you learn with a starting salary of £16,000 and the great news is that we will also be paying the tuition fees for your degree. You will complete a 4-year programme building up your work experience and level of responsibility with a view of you progressing to a management level.


Our Retail Leadership Apprenticeship Degree offers a lot more than you might think…


The work programme is designed to give you an insight and real life work experience in retail which will ultimately give you a well-rounded understanding of Dunelm. The end goal is for you to go on to become a great leader with us as a Store Manager whilst working towards a BA in Retail Leadership.


We'll offer you masterclasses with business experts in the following areas:

  • Current and Future Retail Landscape
  • Product Life Cycle
  • Innovation in Retail and the Digital Challenge
  • Retail Marketing and the Customer
  • Retail Supply Chains
  • Finance, Data and MI
  • The Impact of Change in Retail on our People

You will also be supported by distance learning tutors from MMU alongside internal colleagues who will provide full study support with your University modules.


Apprenticeship Timeline:

Month 1 -3

Store induction - This will give you an insight in to the front line of our business and an appreciation of our product.


Month 3 -12

Operate at Team Leader level in store.


Month 13 onwards

You will work as Deputy Manager in a different store. Your level of accountability will build up during the second year. Responsible for smaller departments in store initially and then every 6 months you will layer in more until you are fully competent in the role.

Entry Requirements:

Candidates are required to have 140 UCAS Points, BCC at A-Level or equivalent and C or above in GCSE Maths & English.

We’re looking for bright, entrepreneurial and driven candidates who want to build their career whilst you gain a degree. Our Apprentices are always pushed to fulfil their own potential and contribute to the success of Dunelm. You’ll constantly be learning – you’ll balance on-the-job training alongside studying towards your Degree (BA in Retail Leadership). You’ll also gain a host of transferable skills, coaching and support from Dunelm to ensure that you go on to have a successful career with us.

Why Work for Dunelm?
  • Earn while you learn
  • Discounts from high street/online retailers, cinema and gym memberships via our company corporate discounts website
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Good team socialising including 5-a-side football and netball teams
  • Discount at Dunelm
  • Birthday day off and charity day off
  • Sharesave scheme
  • Mobile phone discount
  • Gym discount

The Dunelm Degree Apprenticeship will start in September 2019

If you’re passionate about retail and have achieved three A-Levels or equivalent by the time the programme starts, this Apprenticeship Degree will be the perfect way to start your career and make a home with us!