Developing talent

23 May 2013

Our Leadership Development Programme, the Tesco Online Academy and our Women in Leadership Programme

What matters to us is that people see Tesco as a career and not just a job. We want to invest in our people so they can develop and fulfil their aspirations and potential.

To achieve this, we have a well-embedded training framework developed as a result of years of growth and investment. The centrepiece of this system is a simple pledge: every person who comes to work for our company is encouraged to develop their own career plan, based on a detailed assessment of their personal performance and contribution.

We are also providing significant investment in a range of training, development and career incentive programmes to support our colleagues at different stages of their careers, including Group Leadership Development programmes. One example is our new Group Management Programme which takes highly talented people from our existing graduate programmes and gives them a planned range of experiences designed to fast track their career plans. Another example is our 'making moments matter' programme which has provided additional training for 250,000 UK colleagues - giving them the tools that they need to do a great job.

The Tesco Academy Online, our e-learning system, gives our colleagues access to high quality training wherever and whenever they want it. We have launched the Academy to the UK business with great success and now plan to roll it out across Asia.

Alongside these initiatives, it is particularly important to us that age, race, sexuality, religion or gender are never barriers to a colleague's success. We want to be an employer which genuinely fosters and supports a culture of diversity - and one of the ways we can do this is through our diversity networks, which provide opportunities for mentoring and networking with senior managers.

Our Women in Leadership programme has been designed to develop the confidence of our future female leaders. Since its 2010 launch, 271 women from across our UK and European businesses have attended the programme. We are rolling this out to India later this year and then to the rest of our Asian markets. We are also increasing the number and percentage of women in our talent pools.