Asda unveils apprenticeship scheme

Asda has announced plans to train 6,000 apprentices this year and up to 25,000 by the end of next year.

The supermarket will offer retail apprenticeships at levels two and three from June, accredited by City & Guilds.

It said that it would also create 150 management apprenticeships at level four, with the intention of filling shift leader positions in newly-converted Netto stores.

All the retail apprenticeships are bespoke and tailored to the needs of the individual store, with learners completing the programme in 6-12 months. This in addition to the 12 weeks training already offered to all new joiners at Asda, a training scheme which is also accredited by City & Guilds.

Sarah Dickins, people operations and policy director at Asda, said: “This is something that our colleagues have been asking for. Getting that qualification is really important to them, as it builds up their education as well as improving their skills in the workplace.”

“Something that we are really proud of at Asda is that 80 per cent of management roles are filled by internal promotion, and apprenticeships are just another example of how we are willing to invest in colleagues and their development.”

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