Last month saw the launch of the new Marshalls Graduate Scheme which is due to commence this summer. The scheme will look to recruit 4 graduates at each intake, each of whom will rotate around the four main areas of our business (Sales, Operations, Marketing and Corporate Support). The scheme will last 2½ years, at the end of which it is anticipated that the graduates will commence a permanent role in each of the business areas mentioned above. We are now starting to work in partnership with two main universities; the University of Leeds and Manchester Metropolitan University, as well as developing closer links with other local universities in Huddersfield, Bradford and Sheffield.
This is an exciting initiative for Marshalls, and focus on Early Careers is critical to ensuring we have a sustainable talent pipeline for the future. We are very fortunate at Marshalls that we have a highly knowledgeable, highly skilled, and well retained team; it’s not uncommon to find colleagues who have been with us for over 25 years.
As Marshalls continues to grow and evolve, it’s vitally important that when colleagues decide to end their career with us we have the right people in place to whom we can pass on that expertise, as well as developing the new skills and competencies we will inevitably require in the future if we are to retain our role as market leaders within our sector.
Early Careers isn’t just about Graduates. We are now starting to think coherently about how we develop Apprenticeships. We are currently identifying ways in which we can work in a closer, more targeted way with local schools, colleges and universities: In fact later this year Marshalls will be involved in the very successful Placement and Work Shadowing Scheme run by Greenhead College. Our Brookfoot team recently took part in the Careers Convention at Kings James Primary School, not only as a way of attracting Apprentices, but also to start to generate awareness of Marshalls as an Employer of Choice for those starting their Early Career.
If you would like more information, or if you know of someone who may be interested in the Graduate Scheme, please encourage them to register their interest by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.