MP backs Sainsbury’s trainee manager scheme

An MP has shown support for Sainsbury’s decision to add 150 new places on its Trainee Manager Scheme.

Supermarket chain Sainsbury’s has said it will offer 150 people the opportunity to enter its year-long, fast-track for management training scheme, which has been supported by Skills Minister Matthew Hancock.

In 2012, which was the last intake into the scheme, a record 3,500 people applied for the 150 positions on the scheme, which has created more than 500 successful managers since it started in 2011.

Hancock said: “As students receive their A-level results, it is a great time to highlight the different opportunities available to them.”

A Sainsbury’s spokesperson said it had continued to run the scheme as there were more young people choosing to go straight into work, instead of going on to higher education.

One successful candidate to come from the scheme is Louise Norman, who said she wanted a good job right after leaving college. “I was interested in the trainee manager scheme, so I decided to apply and give it a go. After an interview and passing various assessments, I was accepted on the year-long scheme and I haven’t looked back,” she said.

Head of group HR at Sainsbury’s Angie Risley highlighted how popular the scheme had been so far and said: “Our Trainee Manager Scheme is designed to equip candidates with practical skills to oversee large teams and run one of our busy stores.

“The scheme has been incredibly popular as it puts ambitious, hard-working people on a footing for a rewarding career in retail – one of the fastest-growing sectors in the UK.”