Super Drug Stores Apprenticeship

10 December 2015 | Focus | Thomas Peacock

Which locations are you currently targeting? : Nationwide

Which age group are you targeting? : Primarily 16-18 on our school leaver programmes, but have opportunities for 19-24 as well
 
What grades do you require? : GCSE A-D (or equivalent) in most cases
 
What are the job titles for the positions available / course titles offered? : Apprentice Sales Advisor,  Retail Healthcare Apprentice, Customer Service Apprentice
 
What makes an application stand out? : An understanding of the company and why an apprenticeship is for them. Any customer experience or a desire to work in a customer facing environment because it suits their skills and aspirations
 
Is your organisation involved in any CSR (corporate social responsibility) projects? : Yes
 
If yes, please specify. : At A.S. Watson Group, we see CSR as a responsibility towards our stakeholders as well as an opportunity to bring more to the lives of people. Together, we aim to deliver our social responsibilities under four key Pillars, namely the Workplace, Marketplace, Environment and Community.
 
What salary are you offering your apprentices/school leaver programmes? (per annum) : Under £10k
 
Are there any international travel opportunities on your school leaver scheme? : No
 
The best thing about working at your company is... :
 
The people who are all passionate about delivering exceptional results and the opportunities and support available to grow and develop you career in a successful, ever expanding company.
 
Please provide a career case study of someone who started on your apprenticeship/school leaver scheme 2 years ago and where they are now. :
 
Alisha Pattison is an Assistant Manager at Savers in Darlington.
 
When I was looking at all my options an apprenticeship seemed the best choice. It gave me a chance to earn a wage and learn at the same time. Why wouldn’t you? I wanted to work in Retail as I like interacting with customers.
 
I saw the position at Savers advertised online and did my research into the company. I liked what I saw, so I applied! I completed my Level 2 Retail apprenticeship in store with the support of my manager, assessor and the rest of the team. It’s all on the job training so I didn’t have to come out of work to go to college or sit in a classroom.
 
After successfully completing my apprenticeship I was promoted to Supervisor in the same store and was preparing to start my 2nd year Team Leading qualification. My manager approached me to let me know there was a temporary Assistant Manager position in the store and did I want to apply. I did and was successful and have now been made permanent in this role.
 
As Assistant Manager, you don’t know what each day will bring. I could be training new team member, dealing with stock deliveries and the cashing and banking, opening and closing the store, as well as supervising the team and ensuring Health & Safety and security policies are adhered to at all times. Plus each day will involve dealing with customers. Providing excellent customer service has go t to be my favourite part of the job.
 
To succeed at Savers you need to be hard working, approachable, and trustworthy with an outgoing personality and bags of energy!! I am hoping to one day become a Store Manager and maybe even Area Manager with Savers and continue developing and learning in a lively, rewarding and fun company.
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