Sainsbury's to take on 150 trainee managers
The supermarket said over 500 managers have successfully graduated through the scheme since it started in 2011. The last intake in August 2012 saw a record 3,500 people apply for 150 positions. Another 150 new placements are now being made available for applicants with a minimum of two A-levels.
Angie Risley, head of group HR at Sainsbury’s, said: "We know there are more young people choosing to go straight into work rather than further education, which is why we run programmes such as our Trainee Manager Scheme to equip candidates with practical skills to oversee large teams and run one of our busy stores.
"The scheme has been incredibly popular as it puts ambitious, hard-working people on a footing for a rewarding career in retail - one of the fastest growing sectors in the UK. The opportunity for progression is pretty much unrivalled and our young managers prove that experience and initiative can be just as valuable as a degree."
Matthew Hancock MP, Minister for Skills, said: "As students receive their A-level results it is a great time to highlight the different opportunities available to them. I am delighted that Sainsbury’s is supporting even more young people to gain the skills and experience that are vital in building a successful and rewarding career."
Throughout the year long scheme trainee managers learn about how to run a department while being mentored by an experienced store manager and attending training courses to develop their customer service, commercial and management skills. At the end of the training, they will be eligible to apply to become a department manager.
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