The Co-op is a large, national company with different business offering apprenticeships across a range of sectors within the South West.
As our biggest business, Retail is where most customers engage with Co-op. There’s more to running our stores than you might think, and our Retail Apprenticeships help staff learn everything they need to know to thrive in this fast-paced environment. A Retail Apprenticeship develops your industry knowledge and give you a fantastic set of skills – like a better understanding of branding and marketing, or the confidence and judgement to lead a successful team. We’ve developed a range of programmes to help build a successful Retail career progressing right through to a Degree Apprenticeship.
In Funeral Care, we currently offer Level 2 Funeral Team Member and Level 3 Funeral Director. However, we are also part of the Trailblazer team currently informing the development of two further apprenticeships in the sector. We are always keen to promote the benefits to individuals and organisations, and believe our staff have a responsibility to do that as Co-op members and employees.
We are an advocate for Apprenticeships as a tool for career kick-starting, career progression and career change. We are an Apprenticeships Champion because, as an organisation, we are passionate about apprenticeships and believe they are a credible alternative to academic education routes.