Trainee Merchandiser at Tesco

Start Date:
2017
Location:
South East
Programme Type:
Apprenticeship - Higher Level (Level 4/5)
Salary:
£20,000 annually
Review Date:
April 2018

Review Score

8.9 /10

1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:

9/10

I am currently a trainee merchandiser for Older Girls, which involves participating in trade and helping to enhance profit by looking at trend and best sellers. I also have college work and projects which I have to complete, my most recent project was a Range Build; I had to predict an SS19 trend and create a range. Finding that balance between work and college has been helped by the community here at Tesco.

2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?

9/10

I have learnt how to present with confidence and meet new people; I have definitely developed better social skills and gained confidence when meeting suppliers. I have attended multiple training courses on behalf of Tesco which have taught me various skills and life lessons; they offer an array from empathy to negotiating.

3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?

9/10

I love the Enspire programme, I feel very supported by my colleagues in all aspects of the business, they appreciate that I am studying along side my full time job and I get all the help which is needed. I have a close connection with the other apprentices and look forward to my lessons and lectures at the FRA.

4. How valued do you feel by Tesco?

9/10

Very valued, the effort and support that Tesco gives to each individual apprentice is incredible. I am acknowledged for my achievements and recognised for successful projects - I receive constructive criticism which helps me progress and grow as a student and a member of a team. It is clear that your team and management want you to progress as we set individual targets to work towards per annum.

5. How well organised/structured is your programme?

9/10

Extremely organised. We study at the Fashion Retail Academy once a fortnight which is in the centre of London. Each lecture and session has an interactive activity and is made interesting; we are given a clear structure of things we need to achieve in order to progress in the business.

6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?

8/10

I would say that we receive lots of help and support. I am constantly having one to one meetings with them so we are both updated with my current position. I feel that the people around me are equally enthusiastic about my progression, which makes me want to get on.

6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?

9/10

Similarly to my training provider- I have reoccurring meetings once a week to catch up on any issues or anything that needs to be addressed. They are both enthusiastic about my progression and are helpful and optimistic about my course. Regular catch ups with the people team is also reassuring for me and helpful for my personal development.

7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?

9/10

Well. Tesco kindly expense travel into central London for our college days which is great. Despite my long journey into work each day, my fuel cost per week is workable with my income. The package is extremely generous and has allowed some of my Enspire colleagues to relocate to Hertfordshire from different places in the UK.

8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?

9/10

We have multiple opportunities outside of work, for example the graduates at the moment are running a charity climb of the three peaks. they have lots of different job roles to help towards the charity climb so that everyone can get involved if they want too. We constantly have some sort of fundraising activity occurring and also social events and team days out.

9. Would you recommend Tesco to a friend?

Yes

9b. Why?

I enjoy my job and I believe that this apprenticeship is a great opportunity to get on in the fashion industry of Tesco. The support and community at Tesco makes you eager to get on in the business as everyone is enthusiastic and clearly enjoy their job. This apprenticeship is a fantastic opportunity into the world of fashion and business; its a head start and a great alternative to university!

10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Tesco?

Be yourself. If you have a true passion for buying and merchandising then this job is perfect for you. During the application process, brainstorm experiences which you have had which allowed you to use certain skills - be enthusiastic and interesting in your video interview and most of all, be honest. The assessment day is a great opportunity to show off your skills and prove that you are the perfect candidate for the job - however it is also a great chance to see if the job is for you.

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