In profile: Lauren Morris

23 May 2013

Youngest Store Manager in Tesco UK

It doesn't matter whether you have a degree or you work on trolleys.

Lauren Morris, Store Manager

Lauren was 17 and still finishing her A-levels, when she applied for Tesco's Trainee Management Programme.

"I was already working three evenings a week at my local Tesco Metro in Berkhamsted and I was thinking about what opportunities were right for me. I decided not to go to university and rack up huge debts and instead wanted to get started on a career, with immediate challenges and responsibilities."

After 12 weeks of intensive training in leadership and business management, Lauren was given the responsibility of Dairy Manager at Aylesbury Superstore, managing a team of 20 and an operation worth £300,000. She was soon talent spotted for a bigger role and given further training at the Store Manager Academy.

Two days after turning 23, Lauren was appointed Store Manager in King's Cross, London and is now the Store  Manager in St Albans where she is continuing to develop her technical, core business and management skills.

Lauren's next goal is to make sure that others can access the right opportunities. As she puts it: "I was given a chance and now I want to do the same for others. It doesn't matter whether you have a degree or you work on trolleys. So far I've helped seven  colleagues become managers and I'm determined to ensure my current management team and potential management  candidates progress through the business having the same opportunities that I've been exposed to."