Sainsburys to offer record number of jobs on fast-track trainee manager scheme
Sainsbury's is to offer a record 250 places this year on its fast-track trainee manager scheme.
The supermarket said it received 3,500 applications for 150 positions, the most it has ever received, at the last intake in August 2012. As a result, it will make a record 250 places available in 2013 to meet demand from it's 1000+ stores.
The scheme is open to applicants with a minimum of two A-levels, including school leavers or job changers, for two weeks from 25 March to 8 April. Successful applicants will start in stores in July 2013 and then spend a year learning about how to run a department. The applicants will be mentored by an experienced store manager and attend training courses in customer service, commercial and management skills. At the end of the training, trainees will be offered the chance to apply for a department manager position.
Jacki Connor, director of HR, retail and logistics at Sainsbury’s, said: "Our trainee manager scheme has been a huge success since it launched in 2011. Over 370 people are now successfully making an impact across our business as a result, managing motivated teams and making decisions on the sales floor to serve our customers every day.
"Retail is an exciting, fast-paced sector to work in and one of the biggest employers in this country. It’s also rewarding work with flexibility and opportunities for fast progression. A third of our store managers started with us before their nineteenth birthday, showing that if you work hard and have a genuine desire to succeed you can quickly rise to the top."
Connor announced the new jobs during a visit last week to Sainsbury’s Nine Elms store in South London with Employment Minister Mark Hoban, to discuss the opportunities for young people in retail.
Hoban said: "Investing in young people makes good business sense, so it is great news that 250 young people will get training for a successful career in retail management.
"Ensuring young people have the chances they need to get into a job is one of this Government's top priorities, and big employers like Sainsbury's play a vital role in helping to ensure young people get the training and experience they need to get their foot on the career ladder."
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