Blakemore launches its first graduate scheme

A F Blakemore is set to launch a two-year programme, starting in July this year, which will see it recruit four graduates across four areas of the business in a bid to develop future leaders for the company.

Group HR director Ian Diment said: “The new scheme will provide graduates with a fantastic opportunity to gain experience and skills across a number of diverse business areas.  

“The recruitment and development of talent is vitally important to ensure the long-term sustainability of the business.  Our aim is to establish AF Blakemore as an employer of choice for graduates and we hope that this programme will help to attract, develop and retain the best people.” 

There will be four programmes available: a People Programme, Blakemore Retail Programme, Blakemore Trade Partners Commercial Programme and Blakemore Wholesale Programme. 

Applicants will be invited to participate in a multi-stage recruitment process that will include a group assessment day in June. 

The successful candidates will then participate in a structured development programme.  A six-week induction will provide an overview of the business and its values as well as the structure of the programme.  This will incorporate spending time in frontline roles and attending a “Leading the Blakemore Way” course.  There will also be opportunity to undertake an ILM qualification and get involved in a community project. 

The scheme will open for applications on February 20th.


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