While universities across the UK are preparing for their graduation ceremonies this summer, we are hosting our first graduation ceremony for 39 Sainsbury’s apprentices who have completed our Fish and Bakery Apprenticeships.
This celebration is the culmination of a year of hard work for our apprentices.
We currently have 366 colleagues enrolled onto one of our six apprenticeship programmes to learn Bakery, or Fish skills, Business Administration, Café Hospitality or Management and Team Leadership. We plan to add more apprenticeships starting this summer with a new apprenticeship scheme for people who want a career in software development. We hope this will attract the next generation of coders to our increasingly digital business.
Our apprenticeship programmes help us to attract and retain high quality colleagues and give them a great practical alternative to pursuing further education.
One of our colleagues graduating today is Jacob Davis, who has been on our Bakery Apprenticeship programme at our Banbury store. With his passion for food, he saw the Apprenticeship as a great way to develop his career. His scone and cupcake creation was an instant hit with our customers giving Jacob the perfect foundation and confidence to progress his career.
Our apprenticeships offer a mixture of on-the-job training, as well as more formal education at a college. We are the only major supermarket to own our own approved Food and Bakery colleges, approved by City and Guilds. At our Baking College in Wellingborough, apprentices like Jacob are taught to bake both from scratch and using the latest technology. Our six food colleges offer in-depth training in topics like food preparation and customer service, equipping apprentices with the skills they need to deliver great service to our customers.
Whether our colleagues are 10 years into their careers, or just starting out, our structured apprenticeships play a part in delivering our vision to be the most inclusive retailer where people love to work and shop.
We wish all of our apprentices graduating today the very best in their careers and look forward to helping more people turn their interests into a career with us through one of our apprenticeships.
Stuart Comer, Head of Learning and Development for Sainsbury’s