7 March, 2018

Giving Chelsie the tools to grow

At M&S we believe that apprenticeships are the future. Not only are they a great way for people to get on the right career track and progress quickly but they present an amazing opportunity for businesses as well. They allow companies like ours to attract and develop diverse talent, nurturing the skills we need to for future growth. We place significant value on our apprentices, supporting their professional development and ensuring they have a clear and direct career path ahead of them, in order to create the leaders our business will require in future.

Take Chelsie for example. She first joined M&S Bath in 2012, starting as a summer temp working in the Café. Seven months later, she was put forward for a section co-ordinator assessment which led to a role in the menswear team. In 2017, Chelsie was keen to further develop her role, and enrolled on our Level 2 Retail Apprenticeship programme, which provides colleagues with the ability to grow their careers in the business by undertaking modules that include everything from learning more about running sections in-store through to marketing, merchandising, sales promotions and team management.

“I have found the apprenticeship so interesting. It’s given me the tools to grow my career in retail, which I hope will inspire others to try to get an apprenticeship when they leave school. I’ve received enormous support and have managed to develop my skills across a range of disciplines from visual merchandising, clothing and home, food, and head office. So far I feel like I have learnt so much that I am excited and confident about the next step in my apprenticeship journey,” says Chelsie.

M&S offers apprenticeship positions in retail, distribution and head office. On all the schemes, participants have the opportunity to learn from people who have been there, seen it and done it, alongside formal coaching and training to give them the skills that will set them up for the rest of their careers.

Interested? M&S apprenticeship opportunities are open later in the year. Keep an eye on our careers website and follow our social channels for regular updates.

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