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first_img Comments are closed. Supermarket chain Tesco has launched an innovative graduate scheme toattract more youngsters and to enable it to grow and develop its own managersfrom an early age. The Debut Club programme is designed for the 30,000 students currentlyworking at the firm, but will also be available in a scaled-down version foranyone between the ages of 16-24 to encourage them to consider a retail careerwith Tesco. The programme was designed for Tesco by a panel of students and uses acentral website to communicate careers advice, online training, financialinformation and job opportunities. The supermarket has also used its huge buying power to offer the youngstersa range of lifestyle discounts such as driving lessons, cinema tickets andmobile phone deals. HR director David Fairhurst hopes the move will make Tesco an employer ofchoice among a crucial age group, while at the same time making the retailsector more attractive to youngsters. “We want to convince young people that the retail sector is a greatplace to have a career. We’re giving them development, flexibility andresponding to their needs,” he said. As part of Debut, Tesco is also running a trial with 200 students thatallows them to move anywhere in the country as long as they promise to work 650hours a year. Under the scheme students will be guaranteed a place at another store ifthey change location during term time, or move to another area. A ‘save-as-you-study’ pilot is also under way, enabling students tocontribute £6 a month to the scheme (matched by Tesco) which then pays out atax efficient lump sum at the end of their studies. By Ross Wigham Previous Article Next Article Tesco targets young guns as potential store chiefsOn 21 Oct 2003 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more