7 February, 2020

Our Apprenticeships are shaping leaders of the future

Think Apprenticeships are only for School Leavers? Think again! M&S actually offers apprenticeships to colleagues who really want to advance their career. That’s because we know they are our greatest asset and as a constantly evolving business, we require our people to grow with us.

Take Alex for example who joined M&S as a customer assistant in 2011 and is now a Commercial Manager within Vangarde, Monks Cross. Her career journey has seen her cover a real variety of roles including CCTV operator, Section Manager, PA, Section Manager in a newly opened Simply Food Store, and Store Manager in three different locations.

“It’s safe to say that I’ve had a lot of different career opportunities within M&S and have always had the freedom to explore the areas that I want to progress in,” she says.

Being part of the first group to fully complete the level 4 apprenticeship in M&S, Alex knew that the commitment of studying whilst also working in her full time role was going to be a big challenge – but quickly found it actually enhanced her daily work.

“My apprenticeship allowed me to explore different retailers and adapt my learnings to our own business, which came in useful when being part of a team opening a new store. Being part of the first group to fully complete the level 4 apprenticeship in M&S was such a fantastic privilege! We were able to shape the future of apprenticeships for the business by the business actively acting on our feedback.”

Alex’s success story is not uncommon at M&S, and neither is the ongoing support from colleagues and opportunities for learning and development.

“When I studied the Leadership module in my apprenticeship - it really gave me an insight into what to look for from my team, in terms of their own mannerisms and personality and to adapt my leadership style to their own method of learning. From this, I was able to help several members of my team progress their own career too!”

Ongoing learning and development

Whatever role you join us in, we will ensure your learning and development is a top priority. Learn more about our Apprenticeships today and how you too can be a part of shaping the future like Alex.

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