We are committed to providing opportunities to help young people develop their employability skills and start their careers. In 2020, we welcomed 77 graduates, 2 apprentices and 46 paid interns onto one of our programmes in the UK.
Our graduate will be given responsibility from day one, so they can gain a deep knowledge of their role through hands-on experience. They’ll have access to a wide variety of workshops and resources, online or at our on-site training academy, to help them develop skills like building their network, developing their authentic brand and leading change, as well as looking after their wellbeing. We have some great office and store programmes which will help our graduates gain a breadth of experience, helping them think about their future at Tesco, beyond their programme, as there is a wide variety of job opportunities.
In the UK our paid summer internship programmes takes place over 10 weeks. Our interns will be encouraged to try new things, push themselves and learn from mistakes while they get hands-on experience. They’ll also have access to a wide variety of workshops and resources, online or at our on-site training academy, to help them develop skills like presenting with confidence and effective influencing, as well as looking after their wellbeing.
Our apprentices will be encouraged to try new things, push themselves and learn from mistakes while they get hands-on experience of leading a team. They’ll also have paid, time out to study, so they can complete a Business Management degree apprenticeship. And, like all Tesco colleagues, they’ll have access to a wide variety of workshops and resources, online or delivered by a local Learning Partner, to help them develop skills like resilience and commercial awareness, as well as how to look after their wellbeing.
Movement to Work
Our Work Placement programmes, in partnership with the Jobcentre Plus and our chosen training providers support disadvantaged 16-30 year olds with a two-week programme of classroom and workplace training, including an accredited qualification. In 2019 707 disadvantaged young people have been supported through our Movement to Work commitment, with 60% of completed work placements converting into employment.
Prince’s Trust and IGD
We have been working with the Prince’s Trust and specialist research and training charity Institute of Grocery Distribution (IGD) and have helped over 19,000 young people develop their employability and life skills since August 2018. Our partnership with the Prince’s Trust sees us supporting its Achieve Clubs, which give disadvantaged young people in secondary school the opportunity to develop the skills they need for the future. Our commitment is focused on funding the running of 40 Achieve Clubs in secondary schools in areas of greatest need, developing relevant content and lesson plans that will be available to all young people participating in an Achieve Club and bringing the content to life for young people through volunteering opportunities for our colleagues.
We also work with the IGD to help young people learn about the wide variety of roles available across the food and drinks industry, and the skills needed for a successful career in it. We have exceeded our original target of helping over 10,000 young people in three years in the first year of the partnership and are committed to continuing to create more opportunities in the future.