Employer Overview

As a leading retailer, with 450,000 colleagues, we serve millions of customers every week, in our stores and online.

Our business was built with one 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 'Serving shoppers a little better every day' is our 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 make sure that every one of those customers experiences just a little better service on each visit. 

How the Tesco Values influence the way we work

Our values are central to our business and help us to understand how to put our core purpose into practice. They make sure that every person at Tesco understands what's important - from how we work together as a team to how customers are at the centre of what we do.

  • No one tries harder for customers
  • We treat people how they want to be treated
  • Every little help makes a big difference

Why work with us?

A business of our scale provides a wide variety of opportunities and we will support you to develop the career path that’s right for you. No two days are the same here and this, coupled with our fast-paced and vibrant culture, is something we're really proud of. We are committed to flexible working to give our colleagues the chance to manage their work around their lifestyles. We want our colleagues to be their best at work and at home. It's important to us that everyone feels welcome and part of the team.

We want to help our apprentices, graduates and interns to grow their skills, reach their potential and feel inspired. We believe the most rewarding way to learn is through the responsibilities of real-life business experience, which we will give you from day one, as well as a supported self-led learning path that is personal to you. You can apply your knowledge, by being innovative, working collaboratively across the business, and being responsive to the business' needs. We want our apprentices, graduates and interns to feel welcome so there will always be a buddy or manager on hand to support you. 

Your experience with us:

  • We kick off our programmes with an induction where you will learn more about the business and your programme
  • Within the first six months, you will spend two weeks working in one of our stores to learn how they operate, how they link to your role and it will help you to understand our customers. (Interns will spend two days in-store).
  • You will experience a range of rotational placements to give you a breadth of knowledge about your area and the wider business.
  • We encourage self-led development and support this with e-learning and face-to-face training sessions. You will also be able to learn from others to help you grow your skills.

To find out more about our programmes visit: tesco-careers.com/programmes

Applications open in early September.

Work experience:

Our store work experience programme offers 14-18 years old, who are still in full-time education, the opportunity to spend a week at one of our large format stores. You can experience what it’s like to work in a busy retail environment and find out more about the opportunities available to you at Tesco. To find out more about our work experience programme, please contact your local large format store.

When I was on my Stores internship I shadowed the General Merchandise Manager, before being given responsibility to run the department for two weeks. I managed the range change and promotion changes, planned rotas, supported my team and attended manager meetings where we discussed sales, shrink and waste.

The people I worked with were brilliant, I loved my team. There was a real mix of ages and personalities. Everyone was really welcoming, and I fitted into the team really well.

If anyone is thinking about applying, I would say go for it! You’ve got to be prepared to work hard and you face challenges, which is great for your learning. I loved what I experienced on the internship, so I applied for the graduate programme.

Georgina Gamman 

Stores Graduate Tesco


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