Major UK supermarket chain Sainsbury’s has announced today that it will be running a training scheme for young trades people, for the second year running.
The Supplier Trainee Partnerships works in conjunction will 60 of Sainsbury’s top construction, engineering, facilities management and consulting suppliers in helping to give unemployed people working in trades valuable working experience.
Last year 75 per cent of candidates gained a full-time position after the scheme ended and the grocer hope to help find work for another 100 people this year.
Applications can now be made to the scheme, with those who are accepted onto the course receiving a 12 month paid contract to work for one of the signed up suppliers on a variety of Sainsbury’s projects.
Neil Sachdev, Sainsbury’s Property Director, said: “After the success of last year we are delighted that we can re-launch this fantastic programme. We have worked closely with our suppliers and it is great that so many have offered their support.
“I have met many of last year’s candidates and you can see the positive difference that joining the Partnerships have made.
“Many are now working for Sainsbury’s suppliers and I am sure will play a big role in delivering our ambitious expansion plans over the next few years.”
In January Sainsbury’s CEO Justin King announced plans to create 20,000 new retail jobs over the new three years as the grocers looks to significantly increase its store numbers.
The trainee programme, which is open to anyone out of work, starts in September and sets out to ensure that all participants either gain a permanent position or enter higher education following the end of the contract.
Henry Coomb, 21, a successful graduate of the first Sainsbury’s Supplier Trainee Partnerships programme now working with RG Group, said: “I was training as an electrician but then work started to dry up.
“You hear about other people losing their jobs but you don’t think it will happen to you. Visiting the Job Centre knocked my pride as I had always worked. I applied for over 30 jobs but with no luck.”
“As soon as I won a place on the Partnerships my confidence came rushing back. The new job and training has restored my pride and now I am on track for a successful career.”