Tesco is developing the skills and training of Britain's largest private sector workforce

13 Oct 2011

Tesco has today underlined its commitment to improving the training and development of its workforce with the announcement that it has grown its Apprenticeship programme by over 30% with 3,000 existing staff joining its 2011/12 scheme.

Tesco has today underlined its commitment to improving the training and development of its workforce with the announcement that it has grown its Apprenticeship programme by over 30% with 3,000 existing staff joining its 2011/12 scheme.

At the same time, Tesco has also reported that it is receiving around 500 applications a week for its UK graduate schemes for 2012/13 – double the rate of applications as compared to last year.

Britain’s biggest private sector employer has over 400 graduates starting across its 19 schemes this year. Whichever graduate training scheme is chosen, there is a starting salary of between £22,000 and £28,000.

Judith Nelson, Tesco's UK Personnel Director, said:

“At a time when the prospect of unemployment is a genuine concern across the country, we are working hard to create employment and training opportunities.

“This year, we will be welcoming our largest ever intake of new graduates and we are equally committed to developing the careers of our existing staff through our Apprenticeship scheme.  Whether you join us straight from school with no formal qualifications or have graduated from university with a first class degree, there is an opportunity to build your career with Tesco."

This year’s Apprenticeship scheme includes:

•     Apprentices aged from 17 to 63 years-old
•     The launch of the Apprenticeship programme in Wales
•     300 apprentices working across schemes in Scotland
•     300 new apprentices working on the new Dotcom operation and Telecoms schemes throughout the year.

In terms of the Graduate scheme:

•     Tesco is welcoming 420 graduates to its 19 schemes available across our operations in stores, distribution and head office.
•     The application rate has almost doubled. Almost 1,500 applications have been received in just three weeks – compared to 700 the previous year.

Case studies available on request

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Notes to Editors:

Apprentice scheme

Tesco launched its Apprenticeship Programme in England in 2004.

Since then almost 4,000 staff have successfully completed their studies – developing key skills in Maths and English and an improved understanding of retail which has improved performance and, in many cases, led to career development.

Successful apprentices will gain a City and Guilds accreditation in Retail Services – the equivalent to five GCSEs.

They will spend nine months learning retail skills from stock control to customer perception before gaining a nationally recognised QCF qualification.

OUR GRADUATE SCHEMES:

Store Manager
Buying
Corporate Affairs
Corporate Marketing
Customer Analysis
Finance and Treasury
Human Resources
Merchandising
Product Technology
Property
Site Research
Supply Chain
Technology Leadership
Tesco.com
Telecoms
UK Support Office Distribution

DETAILS OF OUR GRADUATE PACKAGE.

  • Tesco aims to reward its graduates well in comparison to the market. Whichever graduate training scheme chosen, there is a minimum starting salary of £22,000 to £28,000.
  • Graduates starting on the Pharmacy Pre-registration Programme can expect a starting salary of £18,000.

TO APPLY FOR THE GRADUATE SCHEME YOU NEED TO:

  • Be expecting to receive a minimum of a 2:1 degree.
  • Have a minimum of CCC (240 UCAS points) at A level/Scottish Highers or other equivalent qualifications (excluding General Studies) for all office programmes. This is with the exception of the Corporate Marketing and Customer Analysis and Research programmes which require 280.
  • Have obtained a minimum of C in GCSE Maths and English or equivalent qualifications.
  • Be legally able to work in the UK.
  • Have no criminal convictions which are not regarded as spent under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.
  • For any roles in stores and distribution you must be mobile throughout the UK, you should be prepared to relocate now or in the future, depending on where your job is based. We will take into account personal circumstances. Head office schemes are based in Hertfordshire.