Retailer Sainsbury’s and telecoms provider Everything Everywhere (EE) are together pledging to take on more than 1,000 apprentices as part of the new and extended apprenticeship recruitment campaigns.
The firm says it will recruit 500 apprentices by 2015, who will join EE customer and retail teams across the UK on a 15-month apprenticeship programme. One hundred of these will be made available in the retail division by the end of the year.
The scheme sees apprentices spend one day a fortnight at college.
Five out of the company’s six contact centres are in areas of particularly high youth unemployment, with Jackie O’Leary, EE’s chief customer officer, saying: “Big businesses should play a central role in providing employment opportunities and training up tomorrow’s talent.”
EE has to date recruited 101 apprentices into its customer team, 90% of whom are under 22, with a quarter aged 16 or 17. The firm says it “plans to offer the majority full-time employment after their 15 month apprenticeship is completed”.
The supermarket is creating 400 apprenticeships over the coming year in a new year-long Advanced Apprenticeship (Level 3) scheme called ‘You Can Be a Team Leader’.
The scheme will see participants qualify for a full-time, team leader role.
The company expects most of its large stores to recruit one apprentice apiece. Applicants cannot hold any qualifications higher than GCSEs