The Dunelm Retail Degree Apprenticeship

The Dunelm Retail Degree Apprenticeship is delivered in partnership with Manchester Metropolitan University.

You will complete a 4-year apprenticeship, following one of two routes – the Store programme or the Digital programme – and building up your work experience and level of responsibility.

You’ll also gain a full university degree without any of the usual associated debt, as we pay for your degree on top of your salary!


Dunelm Store programme

Complete a store induction: Complete a training needs requirement and attend a Store Training Academy for up to 3 months.

Month 3 – 12: Operate at Team Leader level in store. From 13 months onwards work as a Deputy Manager in a different store.

Second year: The level of accountability is built up from the second year, e.g. accountable for smaller departments in store initially, building until the colleague is fully competent in the role.

Closing date for applications: Friday 3rd May 2019


dunelm digital programme

Month 1 – 5: Induction & store placement (to experience Peak Trade & Sale).

Month 6 – 30: A year’s placement in Digital Marketing, learning about pay per click, search engine optimisation and Customer Relationship Marketing. A second year will work in Digital Trading: Online Product Trading, then swap over to the other area.

Third year onwards: Move into a role with the Digital team.

Closing date for applications: Friday 3rd May 2019


Academic study for the dunelm retail degree apprenticeship

Dunelm Retail degree apprentices learn a huge amount on the job – but there is also an academic element to the programmes, delivered through Manchester Metropolitan University.

Distance Learning: You will visit the University to take assignments, learn about the subject and submit coursework.

More generally, however, your studies will be supported by distance learning tutors who are available during the week. A small amount of time will be given during the week to spend on your studies.

Course Modules Include: The retail product lifecyle, retail innovation – the digital challenge, retail marketing and the customer, supply chains, the impact of change in retail on our people, finance and data in retail.

These will be further supported by internal colleagues who will talk to the apprentices on each of these course modules from a Dunelm perspective.


Dunelm Textiles Apprenticeship

Do you have an interest in Textiles and enjoy using a sewing machine? Would you like to earn whilst you learn as a Textiles Apprentice and gain a level 2 NVQ Qualification?

Your apprenticeship: Our Textiles Apprenticeship is a 12-month programme based at our state-of-the art manufacturing centre in Birstall, Leicester. As you work through your apprenticeship we will gradually train up your sewing machine skills, so by the time you graduate you will be an important team member, producing beautiful curtains and roman blinds for our customers.

You will spend your time perfecting your skills with the full support of our training team, our apprenticeship training provider and the Dunelm apprentice programme team. In addition, you’ll be guided at every step by an experienced former apprentice buddy.

Closing date for applications: Sunday 16th June 2019

Dunelm Apprenticeships

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Dunelm are one of the UK’s leading Homeware Retailers. We offer a Retail degree apprenticeship in partnership with Manchester Metropolitan University.

You will complete a 4-year programme building up your work experience and level of responsibility, either in one of our stores or in our Digital team. The great news is we pay for your degree on top of your salary! Find out more now.

Please note, we are currently reviewing all listed recruitment opportunities due to the ongoing uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 and will be updating the Time To Apply information soon.

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