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Employer Information

  • Application deadline: Opening again in the coming months.
  • Starting salaries: £23k
  • Regions: North-East
  • Industries: Retail, Corporate
  • Website: http://www.co-operative.coop/
  • Email: N/A
  • Telephone: N/A
  • Address: N/A

What is The Co-operative Group?

The Co-operative group is now one of the nation's most recognisable brands, with grocer's stores all over the country. However, with many different businesses to their name, from pharmacists to funeral directors, from legal and financial services to travel agents, the Co-operative group offers graduates a wide range of career opportunities. With over 73,000 the Co-operative group is democratically run by it's members, the world's largest co-operative corporation at that, aiming to meet the needs and goals of both its customers and members. The Co-operative group supports community projects, environmentally friendly procedures and fair trade, making it a perfect choice for graduates with high ethical and moral values.

What roles are available at The Co-operative Group?

Business Management, Finance.

Application process for The Co-operative Group.

Online applications only. See here.

Entry requirements and type of person suited for The Co-operative Group.

The Co-operative group welcomes applicants from any degree discipline who hold a good degree classification. Good team working and leadership skills are essential for the management schemes. Financial applicants should have a good numerative background and good planning and analysis skills.

Future prospects and training at The Co-operative Group.

On the Business Management scheme, graduates will begin with a one week induction, designed to introduce graduates to the company's ethos and development plans. This is followed by a customer placement in store where graduates will work face to face with customers with a view to improving customer services. Graduates will also be moving between business projects to fully acclimatise them to the various roles a manager may have to take on. The training looks to improve graduates leadership and communication skills alongside development of job-specific training. Reviews and development workships assist grauates along the way, and they will be assisted by a mentoring system.

The Finance scheme starts in the same way with induction and customer placements, before sending graduates of on four 9 month business placements where graduates will be engaged in live and important projects, meaning they will gain valuable experience whilst contributing to the projects that will help the business continue to grow. Reviews and development workships assist grauates along the way, and they will be assisted by a mentoring system. The Co-operative group also offers paid study leave for graduates to take job-specific exams that will stand them in good stead for the future.

Once completed, graduates can expect to find themselves capable of moving up to a senior level in their chosen area from the Co-operative group's wide range of professional services if they show the right drive and commitment.

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