sales apprentices manchester



Typical Job Roles

Sales apprentices can help your business by filling skills gaps in any size or type of organisation. Your apprentice will learn specialist sales knowledge and techniques such as:

  • time planning
  • selling face to face
  • buyer behaviour
  • decision making

Sales skills are in important for almost every industry or job role, but are specifically useful for jobs such as:

  • Contact Centre Operator
  • Credit Manager
  • Customer Service Assistant/Manager
  • Estate Agent
  • Insurance Broker
  • Insurance Business Development Manager
  • IT Technical Sales Specialist
  • Retail Assistant
  • Retail Manager
  • Sales Manager
  • Sales Representative
  • Store Owner/Manager
  • Travel Agent
  • Vehicle Sales Executive.

Level 2 Qualification

Sales apprenticeships start at Level 2 which is appropriate for most school leavers.

This level is ideal for developing some specialist skills such as understanding buyer behaviour or face-to-face selling.

There are two qualifications available:

  • Level 2 Certificate in Sales
  • Level 2 Diploma in Sales.

Each of these qualifications comprises both mandatory and optional units covering areas such as:

  • Face-to-face selling
  • Buyer behaviour.

You can view the City and Guilds Sales L2 Handbook here by clicking on the text and opening the PDF document.

This information is subject to change but it will give you a good idea of the units involved in the course.

Level 3 Qualification

Level 3 is aimed at apprentices who have already completed the Level 2 and are looking to progress, or existing staff who already have knowledge and experience in customer service.

At this level your apprentice is required to demonstrate greater autonomy in completing tasks.

There are two qualifications available:

  • Level 3 Certificate in Sales
  • Level 3 Diploma in Sales.

Each of these qualifications comprises both mandatory and optional units covering areas such as:

  • Organising activities
  • Contributing to decision-making.

You can view the City and Guilds Sales Handbook here by clicking on the text and opening the PDF document. This information is subject to change but it will give you a good idea of the units involved in the course.

How long is the apprenticeship?

Sales apprenticeships normally last 12 months. Ideally at the end of the apprenticeship you can progress your apprentice onto a higher level, or offer a permanent position.

How is it delivered?

Our training providers normally conduct the training in house, on the job. This means that there will not be any college attendance in most cases. This is subject to change depending on the training provider circumstances, but we will confirm this with you before recruitment commences.

An apprenticeship assessor will visit the workplace every 6-8 weeks and spend around 2 hours with your apprentice combined with online seminars. They will monitor the apprentice at work and make sure their job is covering all the elements of the qualification criteria by looking at evidence.

This can include observation, questions, professional discussion, IT assignments and looking at the work they have produced. Apprenticeships are real jobs, but it is up to the employer to provide the right training and provide a mentor to guide and support them.

Can I enrol our existing staff?

Of course you can! We can recruit new staff totally for free, but if you have existing staff who do not have official qualifications above Level 2, it will be possible to enrol your existing staff onto the course and acquire on-the-job training and a nationally recognised qualification.

The course is distance learning, so your staff will not have to attend college, an assessor will visit every 8 weeks to check up on their progress, making it a really convenient way to up-skill your staff. We can arrange all this for you, for free.

How much does it cost?

First of all our apprenticeship recruitment service is free of charge. In terms of training costs for 16-18 year old apprentices 100% of your training costs are covered by government funding. For 19-24 year olds the Government funds 50% of the training costs.

Due to our partnerships with training providers we may be able to negotiate a lower fee for 19-24 year olds, or waive the fee completely in some cases. Be wary of some providers who charge a monthly management fee or high training costs, we will ensure that you get the very best deal.

Once we have your vacancy we will start negotiating with our training providers to keep the costs as low as possible for your business. We try our hardest to keep it totally free. The other costs you need to consider are the apprentices wage of at least £3.30 per hour plus holiday entitlements as well as the costs relating to training your apprentice and providing a mentor to support them.


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Did you know?

According to The New Economy, a whopping 2.73 million people live in Greater Manchester in 1.17 million households. That’s a lot of people to sell to.


Recruit Sales Apprentices in Manchester: Areas we cover

Main Boroughs: Bury. Bolton. Manchester. Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford, Wigan.

Main Towns: Prestwich, Radcliffe, Ramsbottom, Tottington, Whitefield, Blackrod, Farnworth, Horwich, Kearsley, Little Lever, South Turton, Westhoughton, Blackley, Cheetham Hill, Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Didsbury, Fallowfield, Hulme, Moss Side, Newton Heath, Northenden, Ringway, Rusholme, Withington. Wythenshawe, Longsight, Chadderton, Shaw and Crompton, Failsworth, Lees, Royton, Saddleworth, Heywood, Littleborough, Middleton, Milnrow, Newhey, Wardle, Eccles, Walkden, Worsley, Salford, Irlam, Ordsall, Pendlebury, Cadishead, Bramhall, Bredbury, Cheadle, Gatley, Hazel Grove, Heaton Chapel, Heaton Mersey, Heaton Moor, Heaton Norris, Marple, Marple Bridge, Mellor, Reddish, Romiley, Audenshaw, Broadbottom, Denton. Droylsden, Dukinfield, Hattersley. Hollingworth, Hyde, Longdendale, Mossley, Mottram-in-Longdendale, Stalybridge, Altrincham, Bowdon, Hale, Old Trafford, Sale, Timperley, Urmston, Abram, Ashton-in-Makerfield, Aspull, Astley, Atherton, Bryn, Golborne, Higher End, Hindley, Ince-in-Makerfield, Leigh, Orrell, Standish-with-Langtree, Shevington, Tyldesley, Winstanley.


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