Waitrose to launch an apprenticeship scheme across the UK
Over the next year, up to 200 apprentices will be given the opportunity to complete a 12-month placement with Waitrose, at the end of which they will receive a Level 2 Retail Apprenticeship qualification.
Furthermore, there will be up to three apprenticeships available at all new standard size branches, indicating Waitrose’s committment to training and recruitment.
The scheme has been given the go-ahead following a trial period of 41 apprentices at 13 different stores across the nation.
Founded in 1904 and a part of the John Lewis Partnership since 1937, Waitrose pride themselves on employee satisfaction. The recruitment mantra expresses how
‘Since 1929 the purpose of our business has been the happiness of those who work in it. Some things never change.’
Furthermore, Tracey Killen, Director of Personnel, notes how
‘Our teams are as diverse as the products we sell and in order to build a successful business we are looking to recruit individuals from a wide range of backgrounds. This means whether you are in or leaving education, returning to work or looking for a change in direction, we could have the opportunity you are looking for.’
This will also apply to their apprenticeship recruitment process which can be interpreted as a building block to help Waitrose achieve their commercial goals of opening 400 branches across the UK by 2017 and doubling revenue to £8bn by 2016.
The John Lewis Partnership already offer apprenticeship programmes exclusively with John Lewis in 21 different locations across England, Scotland and Wales. Furthermore, aimed specifically at graduates, Partnership Graduate Schemes are run by both Waitrose and John Lewis in addition to a separate Head Office Graduate Scheme which covers Buying, Merchanidising, IT and Finance.
It truly is a ‘supermarket sweep’ in terms of employee development for Waitrose and the John Lewis Partnership. If you are interested in finding out more about the various schemes on offer, have a look at the John Lewis Partnership careers homepage today: http://www.jlpjobs.com/ [accessed 29 August 2012].
29 August 2012