Apprenticeships with the John Lewis Partnership (2017 update)

The Partnership’s vision is to develop a market-leading breadth and quality of Apprenticeships across the business. Breadth means offering a range of Apprenticeships across different organisational levels and functions. Quality comes from creating great learning experiences through apprenticeships that develop Partners’ skills, knowledge and behaviour to a significantly higher level.

As a result, many new and existing Partners will be able to undertake, or work towards, the Apprenticeship that is right for their development and we will be launching new schemes in 2018 to support this aim.

We are currently piloting a number of these new Apprenticeship schemes internally with Partners across a range of roles to ensure the framework, processes and support enables those undertaking the Apprenticeship to succeed. Therefore, this year, we will not be recruiting externally for Apprentice roles as we have done in previous years.

However, if you apply for a role in the Partnership for areas such as Hospitality or Hospitality Supervisor, Customer Service (Contact Centres), Retail or Retail Line Manager or Warehouse Operative there may be an opportunity to be involved in the pilot schemes. Eligibility for the scheme will be very much dependant on your current level of experience and whether you already have a qualification directly related to the role. If you already have significant experience then alternative development opportunities would be more appropriate.

In early 2018, we will be re-launching the Apprentice website with information on our schemes, details of how these can be accessed, an outline of the learning opportunities and news from those who completed the pilot programmes.

In the meantime, if you are interested in applying for a role in the Partnership please use the link to search for jobs near you:

A fantastic opportunity

Our Apprenticeships are a fantastic opportunity if you’re passionate about retail and looking to start your career now, possibly as an alternative to College or University.

There are a variety of early entry-level routes into the John Lewis Partnership – a business made up of John Lewis, Waitrose and our central function. Whichever Apprenticeship you take, we’ll give you all the training you need to succeed in a real job. It will be a great grounding in the retail industry. If you’re diligent, curious and keen to learn, then the sky’s the limit. And whilst you’re working and learning, you’ll also be earning. Sound good to you?

Of course, many retailers offer Apprenticeships. But there’s a big difference at the John Lewis Partnership. Together, our employees co-own the business – that’s why we call them Partners. Imagine, you’ve just left school and you’re already a business owner (well, part-owner at least). That’s the reality here. It’s important to understand: this is no easy option. As a part-owner of the business, you’ll be expected to put the effort in and share the commitment of your colleagues. In return for your hard work, you’ll earn a share of the profits too. That’s pretty hard to top.

Got what it takes?

The John Lewis Partnership is unique. One reason why is the way we put the happiness of our people – our Partners – first. We always treat our people as individuals, with respect and honesty – very much like the way we treat our customers to gain their trust and loyalty. It’s also because our Partners get a say and a share in the business; all of which makes the Partnership a pretty special place to work. So what kind of qualities do you need to succeed with us? In simple terms, we’re looking for people who reflect our business. You’ll need to be open, adaptable and eager to learn. You should also enjoy working with people and in a team, as a good communicator with an approachable, friendly, outgoing manner. And, you also need common sense, resilience and a bucket load of enthusiasm and passion.

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