Sainsbury’s open doors to new managers through fast-track scheme

Joe Hunt, 23, completed the Sainsbury’s Trainee Manager scheme in 2010 and now manages the Northgate Local store in Oxford

Sainsbury's has today re-launched its Trainee Manager scheme for new applicants, with 150 places available – more than double that of last year due to the scheme’s popularity and success.

Trainees will spend a year learning every aspect of how to run a Sainsbury's department while being mentored by an experienced store manager. After this time successful trainees will have the knowledge and skills to become a Sainsbury's Department Manager - a key role which involves overseeing a large team and a multi £million budget in one of Sainsbury's 1,000 stores across the country.

The scheme is open to school leavers and job changers with two A-levels and a passion for retail and customer service. The starting salary is £17,500 and includes a number of benefits including 22 days holiday, contributory pension, a discount card and eligibility for the Sainsbury's bonus scheme.

Gwyn Burr, Sainsbury's Customer Service and Colleague Director, said: "We are really pleased to be able to offer more opportunities than ever this year. 250 candidates have been successful on the scheme since we launched in March 2011, and they are already making a difference across our business, managing motivated teams and making decisions on the sales floor every day to help our customers. 

"Retail is an exciting, fast-paced sector to work in and one of the biggest employers in this country. It's also rewarding work with flexibility and opportunities for fast progression. A third of our store managers started with us before their nineteenth birthday, showing that if you work hard and have a genuine desire to succeed you can quickly rise to the top."

Getting a place on the Trainee Manager scheme puts candidates on a fast-track for store management, and for a job that is both rewarding and challenging.

Joe Hunt, 23, now manages the Northgate Local store in Oxford. After finishing his A-levels, Joe joined Sainsbury's as a team leader and successfully completed the Trainee Manager scheme in 2010.

Joe said: "I chose a job at Sainsbury's over a University place because I didn't want to get into debt studying - I wanted to learn on the job in a fast-paced environment for a company offering real career progression. Many people my age are leaving Uni struggling with debt and the opportunity to get on the career ladder. I, on the other hand, have never looked back and would recommend the trainee manager scheme to anyone who wants a rewarding job at the sharp end of retail."

Applications for the Trainee Manager scheme open on Thursday 16 August and closes on the 3 September. There will be another opportunity for candidates to apply early next year.

To apply for the scheme or to learn more about careers at Sainsbury's please visit Sainsbury's Jobs website.

Notes to editors

Sainsbury's started a new campaign earlier this year called ' Youth Can', to promote the breadth and offer of opportunities in the sector and what goes on behind the scenes of our successful business. TheYouth Can initiative is driven by hundreds of Sainsbury's colleagues under the age of 25 who discuss their experiences about the work they do and the job opportunities on offer to young people in their teams, in communities and local schools. The campaign itself was generated by an idea which was put forward by Sainsbury's younger colleagues at the company's National Youth Forum in November 2011.

'Youth Can' is part of Sainsbury's broader 20by20 Sustainability Plan. Launched last November, 20by20 includes commitments to:

  • create 50,000 new job opportunities in theUK
  • ensure at least half of our colleagues have externally accredited training.
  • provide 30,000 people from disadvantaged groups with work opportunities
  • 20,000 of our colleagues have reached 20 years of service at Sainsbury's

Sainsbury's is accredited as Gold Investor in People since October 2010 and employs 150,000 colleagues to deliver great service to customers every single day.



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  • Posted on: 16 August 2012
  • Type of article: Press release