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The team at Gradplus are pleased to provide you with coverage of the key issues and stories in the graduate sector.


Co-op sees rise in graduate jobs interest

A redesign of the firm's training course has seen the number of people applying for graduate jobs with the Co-operative Group double in the last three years, figures show.

The company received 2,233 enquiries about its graduate programme this year, compared to 845 in 2005, reports Personnel Today. read more...


Tesco 'still offering graduate jobs'

Supermarket giant Tesco has revealed it is still taking on graduates despite some other firms cancelling their programmes.

The company has revealed it plans to continue with its 15 graduate schemes which will see around 250 graduates start this month. read more...


Waitrose graduate jobs scheme 'stands out'

Waitrose offers an excellent graduate jobs scheme, according to one trainee.

Speaking to the Independent, Julia FitzRoy explains that she applied for the placement in order to kick start her career in retail. read more...


UK retailers 'offer access to graduate jobs'

People looking for a career in retail should consider applying for graduate jobs at one of the UK's top chains, according to one newspaper.

Sainsbury's, Marks and Spencer, Pentland, Boots and the Home Retail Group all offer trainee programmes aimed at those looking to work in the sector, reports the Independent. read more...


Leadership skills 'vital for graduate jobs'

Leadership skills are vital to graduates who want to make an impact in business, it has been claimed. read more...


Generation Y 'less motivated'

Those embarking upon graduate careers with jobs at Tesco could be interested to hear Britain's biggest supermarket chain is facing problems in motivating its young staff, it is being claimed. read more...


Retailers 'hit twice'

Those considering embarking on careers in graduate retail jobs could be interested to hear one market analyst is claiming the sector is being squeezed from both sides.

Capital Economics maintain that retailers are being hit by rising costs and weak consumer spending. read more...


Poor websites 'tripping up retail recruitment'



Redevelopment to create 10,000 jobs

A redevelopment of a former MG Rover site in the midlands is set to create 10,000 jobs.

The Rover plant that was situated there was shut down when the company went into administration in 2005 and 6,000 jobs were lost.

Birmingham city council leader Mike Whitby said: "Reinvigorating Longbridge's industrial heritage ... read more...


Somerfield announces new stores plan

Somerfield has announced plans to open 250 new stores over the next three years, which could result in new graduate retail jobs being created.

The plans will mean Somerfield's store portfolio is expanded by more than a quarter. read more...

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