National Apprenticeship Week is co-ordinated by the National Apprenticeship Service designed to celebrate apprenticeships and the positive impact they have on individuals, businesses and the wider economy.

At the Co-op, we have supported apprenticeships since 2011, years before the Govenrnment’s levy was introduced.


The professionalism and enthusiasm shown by all of the apprentices we have recruited so far shows just how much they have to offer. This is why we’re set to employ more than 1,000 new apprentices this year bringing the total employed by the mutual, since its scheme was launched, to 4,500.

We will enable apprentices to get on the career ladder across our family of businesses including Food; Funeralcare; Insurance; Legal Services; Digital and our support centre in Manchester.

We pay the same hourly rate that any other new starter joining us would receive, not just the minimum apprenticeship wage. Our apprentices get exactly the same benefits as everyone else. We offer a permanent contract from day one, not just a fixed term contract for the duration of the apprenticeship.

On Tuesday, we held an awareness event at our support centre in Manchester to let colleagues know more about #NAW2017 and about the great value which apprentices can add to our community.


Thursday saw Lois McLure attend the House of Commons as representative of Co-op and North West Young Ambassadors Network to meet Skills Minister Robert Halfon.

One of our recent recruits is Elle Reynolds, 18, who is working in the apprenticeship team that will enable the Co-op to recruit apprentices across its various businesses.

Elle, who used to work part time in the Co-op Food store in Reddish, near Stockport is now studying for her Business and Administration Level 3.

If you’re interested in finding out more about apprenticeships at the Co-op, drop an email to

Lloyd Thomas, Group Apprenticeship Manager

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  1. […] beyond traditional further education. EY run a school leaver’s scheme similar to our own apprenticeship scheme which offers high-quality training, qualifications and salaries which are paid at the rate for the […]

  2. A few unfortunate typos at the beginning! “we fully supporteApprenticeships since 2011” …

  3. This is such a great Co-op story – 1000 new apprenticeships – we should be out and proud about this – tell family and friends…. good luck with the Minister Lois – make sure he knows what the Co-op is doing!


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