Sainsbury’s has announced 150 new placements for its one year Trainee Manager Scheme which offers managers of the future a fast-track programme to managing large teams.
Last year saw a record 3,500 people apply for 150 positions, which is open to applicants with a minimum of two A-levels. Over 500 managers have successful graduated through the scheme since it started in 2011.
Matthew Hancock MP, Minister for Skills, who fully supports the scheme, said: “As students receive their A-level results it is a great time to highlight the different opportunities available to them. I am delighted that Sainsbury’s is supporting even more young people to gain the skills and experience that are vital in building a successful and rewarding career.”
The scheme lasts a year and sees trainee managers spend time learning about how to run a department. They are mentored by an experienced store manager and attend training courses to develop their customer service, commercial and management skills. At the end of the training, they can apply to become a department manager – a key role in any store, which involves overseeing large teams and take important decisions that directly affect the customers.
“We know there are more young people choosing to go straight into work rather than further education, which is why we run programmes such as our Trainee Manager Scheme to equip candidates with practical skills to oversee large teams and run one of our busy stores.
“The scheme has been incredibly popular as it puts ambitious, hard-working people on a footing for a rewarding career in retail – one of the fastest growing sectors in the UK. The opportunity for progression is pretty much unrivalled and our young managers prove that experience and initiative can be just as valuable as a degree,” said Angie Risley, Head of Group HR at Sainsbury’s.
The starting salary is £18,000 and includes a number of benefits including 22 days’ holiday, contributory pension, a discount card and eligibility for the Sainsbury’s bonus scheme.