Our varied apprenticeships offer opportunities for young and old and create diversity

Senior Director for Talent and Capability
February 3, 2020

The theme of this year's National Apprenticeships Week is "Look Beyond". Our Senior Director of Talent and Capability, Kate Fisher explains more...

At Asda, we’re proud of the way we’re using apprenticeships to help develop our diverse colleague base and the value our apprentices are bringing to our business, helping create the skills needed for the changing environment we’re operating in. Over the past seven years, we’ve been able to support the development of more than 13,000 of our colleagues through our varied Apprenticeship offer.

More than half (52%) of our current apprentices are female, including three who are taking part in our Large Goods Vehicle (LGV) Driver Apprenticeship, which we are especially proud of.

Jade, a mum of two, who has worked for Asda in our Didcot distribution centre for the last 15 years, has always wanted to drive for Asda. The Apprenticeship provided the opportunity for her to change roles and work towards this. Jade says: “I love every part of the Apprenticeship: it’s very rewarding and enjoyable and is supporting my development.”

Our current apprentices range in age from 17 to 68, proving that age is no barrier to development at Asda. Adrian works in our Technology function within our Home Office and is currently studying for the Level 5 Leadership and Management Apprenticeship.

Adrian says: “It doesn’t matter what stage you are in your career. Doing an Apprenticeship is rewarding in many ways. You get to meet other colleagues and learn new things; I started mine late in my working life and I have enjoyed both the learning and the new challenges, and I will be able to use the qualification to move forward again.”

We’re proud to offer a range of apprenticeships from level 2 to 7 to appeal to all stages of someone’s learning and development needs. Our programme range covers Warehouse and Storage, HR, Improvement Technician and Supply Chain Management through to Chartered Manager degrees focused on relevant specialisms to build skills where they are needed.

We will continue to support apprentices across our business, providing opportunities for our colleagues to develop and help our business grow.

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