Stat of the day: 1,000

The number of students that will be funded through university by Morrisons.

Last Updated: 09 Oct 2013
These days, you can get anything from car insurance to a widescreen TV at the supermarket. But – a degree? Morrisons has become the latest firm to target school leavers by sponsoring them through higher education, funding degrees for 1,000 A-Level students to recruit its next generation of senior manager positions. 

The 1,000 trainees will work in its stores for six months, before starting a foundation degree in retail management at the University of Bradford School of Business. Apparently, it’s targeting students who might be put off university by the rising tuition fees.

Morrisons isn’t the only supermarket to target school leavers. Last year the Co-operative Group launched an apprenticeship academy to train young people in various parts of the business, with the promise of a job at the end of it. Tesco also sponsors a pre-degree foundation course in retail at Manchester Metropolitan University.

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