Supermarket Sainsbury's is to offer its entire workforce of 150,000 employees the opportunity to gain qualifications equivalent to GCSE standard.
The retailer has set a target for 25% of employees to have a qualifications within five years. Level one numeracy and literacy will be offered and through training in the workplace, Sainsbury's will also offer employees the chance to gain an NVQ Level 2 qualification.
Sainsbury's chief executive Justin King said: "Everyone of our colleagues can improve their skills, which not only benefits our customers, but also supports our colleagues to achieve their full potential."
Separately department store House of Fraser has been championing the Diploma in Retail Business scheme, the first national curriculum qualification for retailing. Chief executive John King said: "The Diploma in Retail Business will create a pool of eager, better prepared and more effective young people, benefiting employers and employees alike, and help make retail a career destination of choice."