UK supermarket chain Asda Grocery says it has received as many as 4,000 applications from people wishing to join its apprenticeship scheme during the past three months, representing a gain of 50 per cent from the same time period in the previous year.
According to the UK’s second largest supermarket chain, school leavers between the ages of 16 and 18 represent some 12.5 per cent of all applications, with roughly 500 having signed up to participate in the Asda skills academy, since it was first launched in June.
The scheme was devised in collaboration with the vocational educational organsiaition, and is part of Asda’s commitment to provide relevant recognized qualifications to young workers who are employed at the retailer’s stores.
Participating apprentice’s also have the option to sign up for GCSE and A-Level equivalents in various aspects of retailing, such as fresh food, merchandising and customer service.
Asda chief executive Andy Clarke said: “Youth unemployment is on the rise and traditional education routes are becoming less and less affordable for many young people.”
“Young people shouldn’t be forced to choose between their desire to learn and need to earn – the Asda Skills Academy gives them the opportunity to do both. And as the UK retail sector continues to grow and develop, there are endless opportunities to build a career .”
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