Mutual retail & services business The Co-operative Group is recruiting young people to its new national advisory board in a bid to drive innovation, it has been announced.
Recruiting across the UK, the group is looking for 15 “talented and committed young people” aged 16 to 25 to form a Young Members’ Board which will launch at the group’s AGM next month.
Successful candidates will be tasked with taking on specific business challenges outlined by the Co-operative Group Board while participating in projects alongside other employees and managers before presenting their findings to the main board.
Meeting eight times a year in Manchester, the Young Members’ Board is being established to drive forward the group’s commitment to offering young people new opportunities and is also a crucial part of its ongoing Ethical Plan, the group said.
Commenting on the recruitment drive, Len Wardle, Chair of the Co-operative Group, explained: “The Co-operative was founded in part by five inspiring and determined young people and the impact of their innovation led to the creation of a global movement of shared and equal ownership that has fairness and honesty at its heart.
“We want to ensure that young people continue to drive the Co-operative forward in the future and so we are on the look out for the next generation of pioneers to join The Co-operative Young Members’ Board, which will help to shape the future direction of all of our businesses from product innovation through to business development.”