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Educational and development programs

Long and lasting employment opportunities and skill development are vital to long-term socioeconomic sustainability and growth. As one of the largest employers, we are committed to helping develop the next generation of talent and equipping our colleagues with the skills they need to thrive.

The heart of our business is our colleagues, who provide everything necessary for our customers, and this commitment has never been for us.

We are upskilling and reskilling our workforce, to meet both current job demands and emerging jobs in the future. At the same time, we're helping young people to improve their employability skills and giving them valuable experience to kick-start their careers.

Developing careers, skills and leadership capability

Our performance on this measure was strong across the Group. Our insight suggested that manager listening was a big contributing factor into colleagues recommending Tesco as a great place to work. 84 % of our colleague feel they have the opportunity to learn and develop at Tesco in the last 12 months.

447

newcomers trained in 2021/22

400

colleagues under the age of 25 who have the opportunity to develop with us

Developing skills and opportunities for further career progression

The labour market is evolving rapidly and we know that we need to develop colleagues in skills that can help them succeed in the future. In addition to building on existing skills, we create opportunities for colleagues to retrain in areas where demand is expected to increase, while continuing to work with the potential of our talents so that we can continue to use the skills we need for our future.

To this end, a new strategic workforce planning team has been created to help us shape the future supply and demand for labour and the critical skills, roles and typological groups of professional activities that Tesco will need to deliver on its strategy.

We strive to provide opportunities for young people to develop their employability skills and start their careers, always looking for young and motivated people – high school and university graduates – who will be the future of our business activities. We employ more than a 400 full-time or part-time employees under the age of 25, mainly in our stores, but also in the central office.

We help young people gain work experience, we also offer internships and apprenticeships in our stores, allowing them to experience what it's like to work in retail. Last year, we helped train almost 447 apprentices in our stores and distribution centers in all regions of Slovakia.

Graduate program in the central office

The graduate program in the central office is a unique experience for all graduates with the ambition to work their way up to higher positions, as it offers the opportunity to rotate in different positions and in different departments of our central office.

Programs for young leaders

Young Leaders programs are aimed at students who want to develop to achieve a managerial position in retail or distribution and do not require a university degree. These programs provide targeted training that equips participants with the technical and behavioral skills needed to lead a team.

Relevant Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

SDG 1 No Poverty

The aims to end all forms of poverty. Our reward principles focus on being simple, fair, competitive and sustainable and all Tesco colleagues are paid above the minimum wage. At the same time, we are committed to ensuring young people, especially those in long term unemployment, are given access to work experience and skills training, helping to alleviate the potential of falling into poverty.

SDG 4 Quality Education

The aims to ensure inclusive and equitable, quality education and lifelong learning opportunities for all. Our training and skill development programmes ensure all colleagues have the opportunity to get on and we are committed to providing opportunities to help young people develop their employability skills.

SDG 8 Decent Work and Economic Growth

The goal promotes inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work for all. We make a valuable contribution to the communities in which we operate, providing decent jobs directly and by supporting employment through our supply chain.

SDG 17 Partnership for the Goals

The goal recognises the importance of collaboration. We have developed our training and skills opportunities and offer a competitive and fair reward package based on essential inputs from colleagues.