Sainsbury's is looking to attract the brightest talent in the UK by creating 400 apprenticeship positions over the next 12 months.
The programme, which is titled You Can be a Team Leader, Advanced Apprenticeship Level 3, will train and develop the managers of the future.
Participants will be given the chance to qualify for a full-time, team leader position once they have completed the initiative, empowering them with new skills, vocational qualifications and nationally-recognised certificates which are the equivalent of two A-levels.
Angie Risley, group HR director, explained that retail is one of the fastest growing employment sectors in the UK and Sainsbury's was creating thousands of jobs for those who are looking for fast-paced, rewarding and flexible work.
"But we also want to equip people with the skills and qualifications to develop their career with us.
"No amount of time spent in a classroom can teach our future team leaders and managers about what it takes to run a busy store serving thousands of customers a week. The Advanced Apprenticeship Level Three scheme will offer a mix of stretching vocational qualifications and hands on experience over the course of a year to help people on the road to a promising, rewarding career with us," she added.
Her words were backed up by Jacki Connor, director of retail, HR and logistics. She helped shape the scheme and believes that it is important that the supermarket identifies and fosters talent within the business.
She noted that while this involves hard work and a great deal of investment, the benefits will be clear to see in the end.
Recently, Sainsbury's announced that it had made 2,336 jobs permanent following the Christmas period where it took on an extra 20,000 people.
It was due to hire 15,000 through December and January but due to record demand it added an additional 5,000 vacancies across 1,000-plus stores, providing a welcome boost to the country's employment picture.