Tesco has unveiled a new retail apprenticeship initiative aimed at supporting young people, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds, to kickstart their careers.
In collaboration with Lifetime Training and The Prince’s Trust, Tesco plans to offer 150 young individuals the opportunity to embark on a Level 2 National Standard in Retail, coupled with hands-on experience across various facets of the retail industry.
Notably, this programme is unique in that it does not require any prior qualifications or experience from applicants, offering a level playing field for all.
A pathway to success
The Stronger Starts Retail Apprenticeship scheme forms a crucial component of Tesco’s broader commitment to community support.
Through its Stronger Starts campaign, Tesco aims to address societal challenges by investing in initiatives such as this apprenticeship programme and a £5m ($6.30m) grants scheme benefiting schools across the UK.
The apprenticeship, which spans a minimum of 12 months, provides participants with full-time employment and a structured learning environment.
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Delivered by Tesco’s partner Lifetime Training, the programme combines theoretical learning with practical experience on the shopfloor.
Additionally, participants lacking in math and English qualifications will have the opportunity to obtain these essential skills during the programme.
Supporting transition and growth
Recognising the transition from education to employment as a significant milestone, Tesco’s apprenticeship programme offers a robust support system.
From expert one-to-one pastoral care provided by The Prince’s Trust to dedicated coaching from Lifetime Training and support from the store team, participants are guided every step of the way.
However, Tesco calls for reforms to the UK government’s Apprenticeship Levy, citing limitations that hinder its ability to scale such initiatives.
Despite contributing more than £100m to the scheme, Tesco finds that certain programmes fall short of qualifying for levy funds.
A call to aspiring retail leaders
Emma Taylor, Tesco’s chief people officer, emphasised the supermarket giant’s commitment to nurturing talent and providing opportunities for young people to flourish.
“We want to help passionate and flexible young people onto the work ladder and to make the first step in an exciting and rewarding career with us.
“They will work hard to develop new skills, build their confidence and learn about all aspects of retail. At the end of the programme, we hope they will be ready to develop further and become a shift leader at Tesco.”
With a focus on school leavers aged 16-18, regardless of their academic background, Tesco aims to equip passionate individuals with the skills and confidence needed to pursue a rewarding career in retail.