John Lewis is to launch a technology apprenticeship programme.
Apprentices on the scheme will be based in John Lewis’s head office and will work with the retailer’s IT teams.
The apprenticeship scheme will last for 18 months and is supported by training provider QA Apprenticeships. Trainees will be assigned to project teams and complete a number of Java programming courses. They will also spend two weeks working on the shop floor at one of the retailer’s London stores to develop their understanding of retail.
Paul Coby, IT director at John Lewis, said: “The technology apprenticeship has long been an ambition of mine since I joined the business in early 2011. We’re seeing a real skills gap in young people where IT and technology are concerned, and as a keen investor in talent we’ve recognised that this needs to be addressed as we strive to become a leading omni-channel retailer.
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“We recognise the importance of technological innovation, and the apprentices we take on will be crucial in helping us to achieve our goal. Looking ahead, we hope to be able to increase the intake for the following year’s scheme.”
All apprentices will automatically become partners and have access to all benefits and reward programmes.
Candidates should be on course to achieve A to C grades in their A-levels and have an interest in technology as well as the wider retail business.
There are five places available on the programme. Applications open on 20 May and successful applicants will join the business in September.