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Co-op sees rise in graduate jobs interest

Published: Friday, 03 October 2008   Category: Industry sectors | Retail

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.

One of the factors which has led to the rise is the number of people interested in the scheme is the fact it now considers people with any degree, not just economics of business studies, the website states.

Speaking to the news provider, the Co-op's head of diversity Amanda Jones, said: "We are looking for our future leaders. It is not about age, gender, or ethnicity, and while academic ability undoubtedly helps, it does not necessarily mean that they are going to do well in a leadership role."

The scheme is aimed at identifying the best individuals for the job, she added.

Recently, Tesco reasserted its commitment to hiring "quality people" through its graduate training schemes.ADNFCR-1068-ID-18810560-ADNFCR

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