I head up the People Team in Food. One of my main priorities is to provide opportunities for colleagues to learn new skills and develop their retail know-how: helping them and our business progress.
Whilst out in stores, colleagues told me it was difficult to find out about how to get on and progress your career at Co-op. We’ve fixed that with our first ever My Co-op Career Prospectus launching this week. It’s a handy e-booklet for colleagues to use when they want to chat about career progression with their manager. A few different teams came together to work on it, and they’re really excited to see it make a difference to colleagues.
Director of People
Louise Welton, Senior Learning Delivery Manager, Learning and Development team
Colleagues told us it was really complicated to work out what learning and development is on offer – especially how and when they needed to apply for them. They also wanted to know if courses were right for them and if they could fit them into their lives. The new prospectus outlines what’s involved for each pathway – everything from the My Co-op Career modules like Boost and Excellence, to our many apprenticeships. Also new for 2019 – to make it simpler, you can apply for most of our development pathways at any point throughout the year – we really are open all hours!
Tracey Lancaster, Food Apprenticeship Manager
We’ve heard colleagues are uncertain about applying for apprenticeships and they don’t know what’s involved, so I’m pleased we now have the prospectus which sets out our stall. It makes it really clear and helps cut out the myths and hearsay around them.
Take a look and you’ll see we’ve got more apprenticeships than ever! One I’m really proud of is our new Level 4 Retail Manager Apprenticeship. It’s perfect for store managers who want to make our stores shine, ensuring amazing customer service keeps people shopping at Co-op.
Danny Matthews, Apprenticeship Resourcing Lead, Resourcing Services
It’s essential we help our colleagues to get access to great and challenging learning opportunities. That’s why the prospectus makes it crystal clear what they’ll already need to have under their belt. This is important so they understand what steps they need to take to reach their goal.
And we can often help out if they have got a gap. For example, the prospectus explains a fantastic new opportunity for those interested in an apprenticeship, but haven’t got their Maths and English qualifications. They can now join our new Pre-Apprenticeship Programme to help them develop these skills. If they pass they’ll be ready for the apprenticeship that’s right for them.
Note to colleagues: to access some of the additional content linked within the Prospectus, you’ll need to have access to the intranet via your back office PC or store tablet