Sainsbury’s has defied job market gloom by announcing a 30 per cent rise in its graduate recruitment for this year. The 2009 scheme, which opens this week, offers 85 places, up from 65 last year. There are another 64 vacancies on the company’s two placement schemes, which are either year-long or over three months in the summer, and available to both students and graduates.
There are 13 different options available on Sainsbury’s graduate programme, of which the most commonly taken is Retail. Candidates on this scheme can become a deputy store manager after two years, and focus on key areas such as people management and leadership skills. Other available schemes include Product Technology, which covers areas such as food safety, packaging and health; and gives candidates the opportunity to visit suppliers across the globe.
Douglas Elvidge, a graduate currently working in Sainsbury’s Commercial team, says the graduate programme offers great variety. ‘Since joining Sainsbury’s I have had the opportunity to work across a number of different areas. I have been involved in everything from raising money for Comic Relief to helping plan the layouts for new stores. Retail is a fast-paced, dynamic environment which is providing me with new challenges and development opportunities on a daily basis.’
Imelda Walsh, Sainsbury’s human resources director, said the company’s increase in graduate recruitment was ‘proof of our dedication to training the retail leaders of tomorrow, despite the current economic climate.’
For more info see www.sainsburys.co.uk/graduates.