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Tesco grows its apprenticeship scheme by 30% over the last year

Tesco has enhanced the training and development of its workforce by growing its apprenticeship scheme by over 30% with 3,000 existing staff joining its 2011/12 scheme.

At the same time, Tesco has reported that it is receiving 500 applications a week for its UK graduate schemes for 2012/13 – double the rate of applications as compared to last year.

The retailer also has more than 400 graduates starting across its 19 schemes this year. Whichever graduate training scheme is chosen, there is a starting salary of between £22,000 and £28,000.

Judith Nelson, Tesco's UK personnel director, said: “At a time when the prospect of unemployment is a genuine concern across the country, we are working hard to create employment and training opportunities.

“This year, we will be welcoming our largest ever intake of new graduates and we are equally committed to developing the careers of our existing staff through our Apprenticeship scheme. Whether you join us straight from school with no formal qualifications or have graduated from university with a first class degree, there is an opportunity to build your career with Tesco."

This year’s Apprenticeship scheme include apprentices aged from 17 to 63 years-old, The launch of the Apprenticeship programme in Wales, 300 apprentices working across schemes in Scotland, 300 new apprentices working on the new Dotcom operation and Telecoms schemes throughout the year. Tesco is welcoming 420 graduates to its 19 schemes available across our operations in stores, distribution and head office.

The application rate has almost doubled. Almost 1,500 applications have been received in just three weeks – compared to 700 the previous year.