Do you enjoy interacting with all kinds of people and like the idea of closing a sale, then a sales assistant position might be just the job you’re looking for this year and a traineeship in a retail environment might just be what you need.

Shops and retail outlets of all kinds need sales assistants, from supermarkets to phone shops to fashion to hardware suppliers, they all need good customer-friendly staff to make their operation tick.

A competent sales assistant will need a strong customer service skill base, along with an understanding of maths, product knowledge.

A good sales assistant is expected to be energetic, personable, friendly, polite, tactful, reliable and honest.

Sales Assistant Job Role

The responsibilities of a sales assistant vary by position. A junior sales assistant’s job will mostly consist of helping customers find the goods and services they need, stocking shelves and arranging displays, ordering products, organising promotions, and handling customer complaints. A senior sales assistant, with more experience and time with a company, might take on a supervisory role, training and managing other assistants, as well as earning more money.

Other common duties of a sales assistant include managing stock, compiling and submitting sales reports, maintaining the customer database, preparing sales presentations and displays, and tracking and investigating sales information.

At LifeSkills we have some really great opportunities for young people to gain fantastic retail work experience through our traineeship programme and enhance their CVs and start a career in retail.

To find out more, please get in touch with Andy Simms at


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