Asda pilots apprentice scheme

Supermarket
giant Asda is to begin a major workplace training pilot scheme of 1,000 Modern
Apprenticeships in eight of their London stores in March.

The
retailer hopes the programme, which is part funded by the Learning and Skills
Council (LSC), will increase productivity and improve staff morale and
retention.

Staff
on the taking the Modern Apprenticeships will learn basic skills, vocational
training and paid work experience resulting in a National Vocational
Qualification Level 2.

The
scheme will address ‘job-specific’ skills needs and ‘soft skills’ such as
customer service through the basic skills qualification in communication.

The
announcement comes after the LSC’s National Employer Skills Survey highlighted
significant skills shortage in the British workforce.

By Ross Wigham

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