New apprentices check out Tesco
14 Dec 2011 3:26pm
100 unemployed jobseekers are currently attending pre-employment training with the NAC Group’s training division. Successful candidates will be interviewed for jobs at the new 450-job Tesco superstore at Eston, in the Tees Valley.
The training includes a combination of key skills, studying for a retail technical certificate and work experience. The objective of the training is to prepare all the candidates to commence permanent employment and complete a seven-month apprenticeship with the supermarket company.
The programme is being implemented in partnership with Jobcentre Plus, which refers suitable people to the programme. Avanta, a prime Work Programme contractor, then carries out an initial screening before candidates embark on the training.
Current indications are that the training is going really well, and feedback from Tesco and the jobseekers is extremely positive.
“The good thing about this training”, says Lorraine Hann, managing the Tesco training for the NAC Group, “is that the candidates take their learning, which is based on good practice, into the Tesco store. The work experience element of the programme enables the candidate to get a feel for what it will be like to work in a Tesco store. The candidates also get to meet people and to share experiences. They are entering the workplace well versed in the principles of retailing, and are working towards a nationally recognised qualification.”
“The programme has been very well attended; the learners are willing and ready to work. Some of them have been unemployed for a long time and we are giving them new knowledge, as well as helping to build their confidence back up. The camaraderie shows through when the stronger learners help those who need a little bit more development. It’s inspiring to be working with such a great bunch of guys.”
Caroline Martin, Tesco’s partnership manager, adds, “There is a relaxed atmosphere and friendly, approachable delivery that is tailored to the individual needs. The training enables the candidates to understand and interpret situations correctly, and respond to last-minute changes. There’s a strong working relationship between the NAC Group and Tesco, with great trust between the tutors and their trainees.”