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Tesco launches training scheme for school leavers

School-leavers are being targeted as part of a new scheme by Tesco to help young people launch their fashion career.

Tesco is offering 30 paid jobs to young people, who will work out of the retailer’s head offices in Hertfordshire, with roles in both food and clothing. The programme will run for two years, and trainees will join the buying or merchandising teams.

Successful applicants for the fashion roles will be given the opportunity to work on brands such as F&F, learning how to spot trends, source products and negotiate with suppliers.

“Not everyone wants to go to university before they start working, and in a tough jobs market we want to help talented students looking to start their career straight from school, said head of commercial resourcing Justine Dinter.

“We want to employ young people with a passion for retail who can spot trends and who can understand what our customers want.” 

Jason Tarry, chief executive of clothing, added: “We know that many young people are really passionate about style and this is a fantastic opportunity for them to embark on a career in our exciting and fast-moving clothing team.”

The deadline to sign up for the commercial development programme is September 30.

It will run alongside the existing store trainee management programme for school leavers and a further 19 graduate programmes already on offer.

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