One of the world’s largest retailers of consumer goods from food to fashion. Serving shoppers a little better every day in our stores and online is at the heart of everything we do.
Founded in 1919 by Jack Cohen using the £30 he received on leaving the Royal Flying Corp, we’ve come a long way from his small market stall in East London. Today over 400,000 colleagues work across our stores, offices, distribution and customer engagement centres in the UK, Europe and Asia. Every colleague has an amazing opportunity to play their part in delivering small changes every day that can make a big difference to customers and colleagues.
Our core purpose
Our business was built with a simple mission – to be the champion for customers, helping them to enjoy a better quality of life and an easier way of living. This hasn't changed. Customers want great products at great value which they can buy easily and it's our job to deliver this in the right way for them.
That's why we've chosen 'Serving Britain's shoppers a little better every day' as our new core purpose. As a business, serving customers is at the heart of everything we do – from colleagues in our stores to those of us in supporting roles.
In the UK, we serve some 66 shoppers every second, so it's our goal to ensure every one of those customers experiences just a little better service on each visit.
We know that looking after our colleagues in a culture of trust and respect is essential to achieving this core purpose. Where colleagues feel recognised and rewarded for the work they do together, where everyone regardless of their disability or difference has the opportunity to get on and be supported in their development as they move through their careers in the business – they in turn try their hardest for customers.
Everyone is Welcome is the way we describe equality, diversity and inclusion at Tesco. It means that whoever you are, wherever you work and whatever you do, we want you to be yourself at work and able to fulfil your potential. As unique individuals, each of us needs different support to achieve that. If you have a disability, you may face different challenges transitioning into work and our inclusive approach is designed to identify where barriers exist and work to remove them.Tesco is a disability confident employer
The ‘two ticks’ symbol is awarded by Jobcentre Plus to employers who have made commitments to employ, keep and develop the abilities of staff members with disabilities. We are proud to be a holder of this award which means we have committed to:
- Interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for a job vacancy and to consider them on their abilities.
- Discuss with disabled colleagues, at any time but at least once a year, what both parties can do to make sure disabled colleagues can develop and use their abilities.
- To make every effort when colleagues become disabled to make sure they stay in employment.
- To take action to ensure that all colleagues develop the appropriate level of disability awareness needed to make these commitments work.
- To review these commitments each year and assess what has been achieved, plan ways to improve on them and let colleagues and Jobcentre Plus know about progress and future plans.
Did you know?
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Tesco’s Disability Network aims to empower and inspire all colleagues with disabilities in their lives and aims to provide colleagues with the platform and a voice to make real change and show that everyone is welcome at Tesco. The focus is not only on supporting the business to be a proud ‘disability confident employer’ but supporting colleagues and developing talent at Tesco.
We are a business full of varied opportunities. We give colleagues the tools to shape their own future with a career path that meets their own personal goals and aspirations.
Whether colleagues want to learn and grow in their current job, find a new job in a specialist area or move to another part of the business to gain more experience, there is a variety and diverse range of career choices open to everyone working at Tesco.
Choosing one path now doesn’t mean you can’t change direction in the future. The challenges of different life stages, i.e. graduating from university and starting out in your career will influence your motivations now and we accept that these may change as you progress through your career.Helping you be the best you can be
We’re constantly innovating to improve learning and development. We combine traditional classroom learning with digital, social and on-the-job experience.
Our purpose built Academy, is a learning hub where colleagues can view online resources, book face to face courses and access a wide range of learning to support and grow their career at Tesco.
We also offer comprehensive Leadership programme that give colleagues the opportunity to grow and flourish in leadership roles. This is supported by courses on people management.
At Tesco, our interns are valued for their potential, so there’s no coffee making or photocopying here. You’ll be given responsibilities, and a project to work on over your ten weeks here. There’s also a great intern community, with charity challenges, hackathons and payday drinks just a few of the perks!
Want structured learning?
All of our interns are invited to development events and training days throughout their programmes to support them with their growth. From presentation skills, to helping you to better understand yourself, these events are great opportunities to network with peers and inspirational leaders from across our business and beyond.
For the duration of your programme, you’ll have access to a mentor. They’re usually experienced in their field and have been in your shoes once so can give you lots of advice and support.
As an apprentice you get real responsibility from day one, but also the opportunity to learn as you earn.
Our business is full of varied opportunities and no two days are the same at Tesco. This coupled with our collaborative culture, is something we’re really proud of. We believe the most rewarding way to develop is through real-life business experience, which is why apprentices join our teams by hitting the ground running, giving them the opportunity to have a real impact from the start.
We like to help our graduates grow. That's why we give them responsibility from day one. We also lay on masterclasses and unique leadership development. Plus there's plenty more support on hand, like a mentor, a 'buddy' who's been in your shoes, and the flexibility to develop in a way that works for you.
A business of our scale provides a whole host of opportunities – we run successful store, distribution and office programmes, and support our graduates to develop the career path that’s right for them. No two days are the same here at Tesco and this, coupled with our fast-paced and vibrant culture, is something we are really proud of.
We firmly believe that the most rewarding way for graduates to learn is through the responsibility of real-life business experience, which they get from day one. Our graduates can apply their knowledge, by being innovative, working collaboratively across the business, and being responsive to the business’ needs.
Tips for applying
Tesco is looking for graduates who are passionate about the industry and knowledgeable about the business. Stand out from the crowd with these tips from Tesco recruiters:
- Identify the requirements of the role you are applying for… and match your strengths and career aspirations to them! Each of Tesco’s business areas is outlined on our graduate website. Take what they say and translate it into details about what you would be doing in the role, i.e. what the overall objectives of the role are, what the job involves on a day-to-day basis (any challenges?), who you will be working with (customers?), what the typical career progression of someone in the role is (after the graduate scheme) – this will help you pinpoint how your career aspirations fit and how well you will perform on the job.
- Demonstrate your understanding of the retail industry and what sets Tesco apart from competitors. When talking about your motivations for applying, make sure you give reasons specific to the programme – not just reasons why you want to work for Tesco in general. For example, if you’re applying for the finance stream, explain why you would rather work for a retailer instead of a financial services company. Also make sure you know who Tesco’s main competitors are and what sets us apart from them.
- Show us that you are a team player You’ll be working in teams as soon as you enter the business. Most of Tesco’s divisions intertwine in one way or another, so it will be important to get along with our people and understand what your colleagues are working on. Be sure to draw upon experiences where you worked in a team or led a team in your interview, and prepare to talk about factors which led to success.
We recruit for key strengths and competencies beyond disability. See what we look for in a successful applicant below:
- Customer focus
- Managing decision making
- Managing performance
- Personal integrity Think about examples where you are demonstrated these competencies and practice using the STAR (Situation, Task, Action, Result) method to illustrate these in an interview.
If you have a disability or long term health condition and require an adjustment in the recruitment process, please let a member of our recruitment team know as soon as possible. This will enable us to provide you with full support in the process as required. Below are some examples of adjustments we have provided in the past:
If you have a disability, we’ll make any reasonable adjustments that are required to enable you to do your job. This may be a special chair or a ramp to make access easier.
To ensure you get the right piece of equipment for you, advice is available from our own reasonable adjustments process or from Access to Work – click here for more details.
If you become a Tesco colleague, please speak to your Line Manager, People Team or Occupational Health Advisor if you need help and support. They’ll recommend the changes you need to enable you to do your job, give their advice to your Line Manager who’ll take it from there.
It is estimated that as many as 1 in 4 of us in any year will be touched by mental illness – either personally or in a close friend or family member – during our working lives. For those who are suffering, it can be difficult to share their problems with others, and this can make the sufferer feel isolated, make the condition worse and lead to problems at work, at home and in their relationships.
If you have personal experience of, for example, stress, anxiety or depression, you’ll know how difficult it is to begin to feel better. For those who haven’t had previous experience personally or among those they know, a mental health condition can be very frightening indeed.
Where can you get help?
For many people, it leads to a feeling that ‘I can’t cope’ both at work and in other parts of life too. We want you to be able to take the right decision for you and to feel supported during your illness. And the good news is that help is available through our employee assistance programme which is available 24/7 and offers telephone counselling. Help is also available via Access to Work and Remploy. Anyone wishing to use the Workplace Mental Health Support Service can do so privately and their advice is confidential. But don’t forget that your Line Manager and People Team will be happy to help too.
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