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School’s out. Time to get stuck in. Ever wondered how your favourite styles are in store and online at just the right time? On an Apprenticeship, you’ll get all the answers. It’s your degree-free direct route to our Merchandising team – and your chance to shape your career from the start.

  • Our Level 4 Merchandising Apprenticeship Programme is a two-year course developed with the Fashion Retail Academy.

    Behind every product, there’s a master Merchandiser. And as an apprentice, you’re the next one in the making. You’ll play a vital role on the team: analysing data, pinpointing the trends that drive sales, helping to allocate stock, monitoring and reviewing sales and providing administration support for the team. We’ll give you all the training you need for our in-house database systems and Excel.

    Click here for more on Merchandising at Arcadia.

    We take work seriously but have a lot of fun doing it too. We’re all friendly and passionate so you’ll fit right in. A graduate buddy will show you the ropes, plus you’ll learn from more experienced colleagues and hang out with the other apprentices.

    It’s not just about the course. This Apprenticeship will help set up your career for the long term. So you’ll attend regular training at the Fashion Retail Academy. You’ll work towards a Level 4 Higher Apprenticeship. When qualified, you’ll be all set to take up a Merchandise Administration Assistant role.

    You’ll get a competitive salary throughout and benefit from all our other perks, like sample sales, early finish Fridays and a 25% store discount.

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Who we’re looking for

Super-curious, hardworking and full of enthusiasm. You’ll be all these things and more.

As an analyst, you’ll be happy with numbers (but don’t worry, you won’t have to be an Excel expert – we’ll train you in that).

You’ll also be hot on detail and have a good instinct for the commercial world. But attitude matters as much as skills. 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 likely have to live in or around London, so you can commute to our office – right in the heart of town, remember to check the travel costs.

Does this sound like you? Then make sure you register your interest

What I love most is how closely all
the Arcadia teams work together.”

Merchandise Admin Assistant, Wallis

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Rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted, the Fashion Retail Academy is a unique, industry-led college providing the quickest route to a career in fashion retail. Founded by retail sponsors such as ourselves, it offers exclusive fashion courses with unparalleled industry involvement to ensure you gain the skills and contacts needed to successfully shape your career.

Your development

All of our people share the same Arcadia DNA (our Leadership Expectations) they strive to Be ambitious, Be innovative, Be successful, Be inspirational and Be courageous. They reflect our values and will help you to build the skills and abilities you need to progress your career and drive business growth.

Our Apprenticeship programme is the ideal foundation to follow a structured career path and build a career in Merchandising. At Arcadia you will always be encouraged to take action, be curious and continually develop your career.




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Both on Arcadia and the specific
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Think about the key skills and competencies we are looking for, be ready to say why you want to work for us and why you’ve chosen the role.


Make sure you check your written application and CV for
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Make sure you use a range of examples to highlight and back up your abilities, we like to hear about anything from work experience, hobbies and skills you have developed during your studies.


We love meeting people who are clued up on what we do, and having some great questions prepared is the perfect way for you to show this. Most importantly, ask the questions that matter to you.


When you meet us, smile, make lots of eye contact, be positive and most importantly be yourself at all times. You’re at this interview because you’re good…remember that!

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Make your application online. All you will need to do at this stage is follow a few simple steps and have the most recent version of your CV ready to upload!

Come to an insight day at our HQ. Meet our people, check out the office, find out more about the role and learn about life here.

Take a video interview. We’ll email you a link to kick this off. This is nothing to worry about it’s your chance to show us your personality and for us to get to know you better.

Meet us in person at an assessment centre. We’ll give you heaps more information on this stage when you get there!