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Tesco to expand graduate scheme by 25%

Published: Wednesday, 15 September 2010   Category: Retail

Tesco is set to boost its graduate placement intake by more than a quarter, it was confirmed today (September 15th).

The supermarket giant, which has now been running the scheme for 20 years, is planning to recruit 240 university leavers in 2010-11, up from 191 in the previous period.

Lucy Neville-Rolfe, corporate and legal affairs director at Tesco, revealed that the new graduates can expect a starting salary of up to £28,000, compared with £12,000 in 1990.

She said: "The diversity of the business allows graduates to work across different industries and disciplines and even countries.

"The graduate programme brings talent into all areas of the business, which is why we offer roles across 17 different programmes."

Ms Neville-Rolfe added that Tesco remains committed to offering graduate opportunities as young talent is "paramount" to the future success of the group.

Recent figures published by the Higher Education Statistics Agency suggest the retail industry is now the second-largest graduate employer, behind the NHS and social services.

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