By Gemma Taylor - Sainsbury’s has today announced the launch of its redeveloped graduate scheme, created to help identify upcoming business talent and ensure exposure to the entire business.
The supermarket has launched the 2020 Leaders Programme, which begins with a four-month store placement during the busy Christmas period, followed by a series of placements and projects incorporating the operations, commercial and people areas of the firm.
The two-part scheme will then introduce graduates to a series of management and leadership positions, to establish a broad understanding of every element of the multi-faceted business.
Gwyn Burr, Sainsbury’s Customer Service & Colleague Director, explained that successful candidates would need to demonstrate a hunger for responsibility and success.
“The 2020 Leaders Programme represents a fantastic opportunity for graduates. It will offer candidates the opportunity to take on roles that will make a genuine difference to Sainsbury’s and its customers,” she added.
This development follows news last month that the grocer re-launched its successful Supplier Trainee Partnerships, aimed at giving unemployed tradespeople valuable working experience.
Like many other retail schemes however, the 2020 Leadership programme is open solely to university graduates and current students, who receive a starting salary of £32,000 plus benefits, and it aims to fast-track candidates to management positions within the retailer.
Andy Phelps, Sainsbury’s Category Manager for Beer, Wines and Spirits and a graduate of 2006, said: “I have already held a number of senior positions in the business and most recently I have been a Regional Manager, looking after 14 stores in Scotland.
“I am now back in London heading up the Beers, Wines and Spirits team – one of the most exciting and innovative areas in retail.
“I am always challenged and I know that, whilst I am working hard, I am developing all the skills I need for a successful career.”
Sainsbury’s is also offering up to ten paid placements for periods of 12 months, six months and over the summer months.
Applications for the Sainsbury’s 2020 Leaders Programme open today.