Tesco

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?

At Tesco, we welcome individuality and uniqueness. We always want our colleagues to feel they can be themselves at work and we’re committed to helping them be at their best. We’re building an inclusive workplace, a place to actively celebrate the cultures, personalities and preferences of our colleagues who share the same purpose, to serve our customers a little better every day, and you’ll have a vital part to play.

You’ll be encouraged to try new things, push yourself and learn from mistakes while you get hands-on experience. You’ll have access to a wide variety of workshops and resources to help you develop skills for the future, and your colleagues will be there to support you throughout.

We have some great internship, apprenticeship and graduate opportunities available, including three brand new programmes.

  • We want people from diverse backgrounds at every level of our business, so we’re launching our Business Diversity internship to ensure we bring young talent into our business that we can nurture and grow. This paid programme will give you real-life experience in a key area of our business, building valuable skills to support your future career.
  • Our new Business Management degree apprenticeship will equip you with real-life management experience as you take on a paid, leadership role at a Tesco store in London. As well as having a passion for our products and motivating a large team, you’ll be making a difference, understanding what matters for our London customers and inspiring your colleagues to serve them a little better every day.

  • Our new Business graduate programme will ensure you gain a breadth of valuable business experience early in your career. You’ll have the opportunity to work in different parts of our business during your programme, giving you the broadest experience possible in areas that need your unique skill set the most.

Internship and graduate programmes are also available in finance and technology, including roles across software engineering, cyber security, programme and product. Graduates can also join our store teams, giving you experience in large and small format stores, as well as distribution.

Applications for our 2021 programmes are now open. Find out more and apply at tesco-careers.com/programmes Be quick as roles fill up fast!

 

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.

We’re committed to creating a safe environment for our colleagues and customers. If the government’s COVID-19 guidance changes, we may unfortunately have to cancel work experience placements at short notice.

I chose to work at Tesco as I’ve always had a passion for food and wanted to work for a company with great values that were close to my own. Over the two years I’ve spent on the graduate programme, I’ve learnt so much through hands-on experience and done lots of useful training such as how to present with confidence, resilience and empathy courses. I’ve also worked on some great plastic packaging projects such as the refillable and the unwrapped schemes, where we’ve unwrapped all our multipack cans. I’ve worked with really great people in my team and made some friends for life, alongside developing skills that I’ll take with me wherever my career goes.

Ammar Younis 

Assistant food buyer Tesco

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