Young People

We’re committed to providing opportunities to help young people develop their employability skills and start their careers. We offer a wide range of programmes within our business from graduate programmes and apprenticeships, to supporting disadvantaged young people through our Movement to work programmes and Prince’s Trust partnership. We’ve also recently launched our Kickstart programme giving young people at risk of long-term unemployment the opportunity to gain valuable work experience and build their employability skills for a better future.

Interns, Graduates and Apprentices

Between July and September 2020, we welcomed 46 summer interns, 2 apprentices and 77 graduates into our business. The pandemic may have impacted the way internships are delivered however we remain committed to supporting young people during this critical time. Adapting to the changes we have delivered our internship programme virtually to give young people the opportunity to work on projects and enable them to develop key employability skills for the future.

This year we have some exciting new programmes starting. In 2021, our new Business Diversity Internship welcomes 40 young people over the summer in their penultimate year at university. We want to ensure our business reflects the communities we serve with colleagues from diverse backgrounds at every level of our business. internship is a paid, 10-week programme giving interns real-life experience in a key area of our business.

In September we will also be welcoming 60 grads to our new 2 year Business Graduate programme which gives the grads breadth of valuable business experience early in their career. They will have the opportunity to work in different parts of our business during the programme, giving them the broadest experience possible in areas that need their unique skill set the most.

Finally, our new Business Management degree apprenticeship will start, equipping 10 apprentices with real-life management experience as they take on a paid, leadership role at a Tesco store in London

Movement to work

We offer high quality work placements to young people across the UK, targeting 16-30 year olds not in education, employment or training to get into work. By working closely with our training providers and in partnership with the Jobcentre Plus, we moved to a blended learning approach to ensure we could support young people during these challenging times. In 2020, we have offered 618 placements, with 344 becoming colleagues.

Prince’s Trust and IGD

Through our partnership with the Prince’s Trust and the Institute of Grocery Distribution (IGD) we have helped over 40,000 young people develop their employability and life skills since August 2018, with over 14,000 young people reached in the third year of our partnership to date (August – December 2020). We fund the running of 40 Achieve Clubs in secondary school in areas of greatest need, develop content and lesson plans for those attending clubs, and bring the content to life for your people through volunteering opportunities for our colleagues. Supporting young people’s mental health is paramount and the Prince’s Trust and ourselves are working in conjunction with Young Mind to provide mental health resources to all Achieve Clubs across the UK, from January 2021. Our ambition is to reach 50,000 young people by the end of July 2021.


Through our self-funded support of the Government Kickstart programme, in November 2020 we welcomed 900 Kickstart colleagues to our large stores across England, Scotland and Wales, in areas of high youth unemployment, with the aim of supporting them to be ‘work-ready’ at the end of their placement

During their 6-month experience, they will receive a quality training programme with a focus on technical and employability skills together with e-learning modules delivered through a personal tablet device.

Through investing in the employment, training and development of young people at a time when they face a very challenging employment climate, we hope that the experience will give them a valuable start to their careers, as well as the opportunity to build lifelong skills.


There’s a wide range of opportunities within our business and our apprenticeship programmes offer colleagues a great opportunity to gain new skills, knowledge and develop themselves. We’ve always supported colleagues, of all ages, with the opportunities to get on, continue their education and build skills for their future. We offer apprenticeships at different levels, from a Level 2 Retail Apprenticeship to a Level 5 High Education Apprenticeship.