We are proud to offer a range of apprenticeship opportunities.
Our apprenticeship programme was introduced in 2017 and we currently employ apprentices across the business. We have recruited in many disciplines including Operatives, Customer Service Officers, Surveyors, HR, Finance, IT and many more. The average apprenticeship lasts for 18 months and we work in partnership with high quality, established, local and national training providers to offer the best training possible training.
Our apprenticeships provide individuals with a fantastic opportunity to earn while they learn and achieve a recognised qualification; they are fully supported throughout by mentors in the business.
Julie, Trainee Contracts Surveyor
“I completed my level 3 certificate in Construction and the Built Environment and passed with a Merit and will resume my studies this year to do the HNC level of the same.
“When I started with Grand Union I didn't have much knowledge about construction, though there's been a lot of growth my confidence has been boosted as I got to learn not only through studies, but also practice.
“I have a lot of support from my team members and colleagues across the business."
Dhru, Trainee Development Project Manager Apprentice
Dhru talks about why he decided to do an apprenticeship, rather than continuing at university.
Connor, Trainee Quantity Surveyor
“Having started as an Apprentice Surveyor in 2017, I've now been with Grand Union for over three years. My role has recently changed to a Trainee Quantity Surveyor within Procurement.
"My work involves assisting the Senior Quantity Surveyor with group wide procurement and contract management. I also study for a degree part time with London South Bank University.
“Grand Union has committed to supporting me through seven years of training and has provided a great foundation to forming my careers as a Quantity Surveyor.”
Sophie, Customer Services Officer
Sophie, who has completed her apprenticeship, discusses how the daily experiences in customer services helped her throughout the course.
Georgina, Customer Contact Advisor
“I completed my apprenticeship in January 2020 and continue to work in the Customer Contact team.
"I have recently become the team's representative on the Joint Consultative Committee, a forum between colleagues and Grand Union as an organisation.
“I also have a mentor to help me progress my career with Grand Union.”
Connor, Apprentice Clerk of Works
Connor explains how he found out about the apprenticeship route, and what the role entails both in and outside of the office.
Ellie-Grace, Customer Contact Advisor
“I passed my apprenticeship in January 2020, receiving a level 2 Diploma with Distinction in Customer Service. I was pleased to be part of a pilot for a new complaints team and, now back in the Customer Contact team, I have applied for Grand Union's Graduate Employment Mentoring (GEM) programme.
“I now have a mentor to help me expand my skills and career with Grand Union.”
Jake, Customer Contact Advisor (currently seconded to role of Customer Relocations Coordinator)
"My time as an apprentice with Grand Union was very enjoyable and definitely worthwhile. As part of the Customer Contact team, I found the balance of learning through college work and working for Grand Union at the same time to be beneficial to me.
“The main positive for me was that, once completing my apprenticeship, I was fortunate enough to carry on working for Grand Union full time."