By Gemma Taylor - Boots UK has become the latest retailer to offer training opportunities to school leavers, as the company today announced the launch of a new business apprenticeship.
Aimed at students who have completed their A-Levels, the 18-month programme will include in-store experience and support office placements, with an opportunity for candidates to study for a Higher Apprenticeship in Business Management, equivalent to a foundation degree level.
A competitive benefits package is offered to candidates at a time when a number of other well-known retailers are launching similar schemes.
Asda last week announced record numbers of applications for its apprenticeships, with statistics revealing a 50 per cent increase in new applications year-on-year.
The supermarket’s scheme offers training for GCSE and A-Level-equivalent qualifications in customer service, merchandising and fresh food.
Commenting on the opportunity at the health & beauty arm of the company, Head of Capability at Boots UK’s Nottingham Support Office Sarah White said: “We are really excited about this new programme.
“At Boots we’re passionate about attracting and developing the best new talent. This apprenticeship programme, is for young people who are beginning to evaluate their career options after their A-levels and would prefer to enter the workplace.”
Applicants will need at least three A-levels (excluding General Studies) at grade C or above, plus GCSEs in Maths and English at grade C or above and an interest in studying for a work-based Higher Apprenticeship in Business Management.
Alex Gourlay, CEO of Health & Beauty at Boots parent company Alliance Boots, said: “We are committed to supporting the employment and further education of young people.
“Our Boots Business Apprenticeship programme complements our existing work with Business in the Community, Work Inspiration Week, Young Enterprise and our range of employment, education and training for young people and existing colleagues.”