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, Project Surveyor Apprentice
“I have been with Grand Union for eight months now (how time flies)!”
“I mostly enjoy learning more about my course in a practical approach whilst at work, and practising and applying new skills that we learn in college at work. I also love how helpful and supportive my manager and colleagues are."
“I didn’t go for a graduate programme, as an apprenticeship offers you the opportunity to gain a recognised qualification whilst working in a professional paid role, equipping you with the skills and knowledge required when you become full time after qualifying.”
Dhru, Trainee Development Project Manager Apprentice
Dhru talks about why he decided to do an apprenticeship, rather than continuing at university.
Connor, Project Surveyor Apprentice
“I have now been with Grand Union for 12 months. My initial two year apprenticeship has flown by. What I enjoy about my apprenticeship is the fact I am gaining valuable experience in my chosen sector."
"I am now in the position where I'm able to run my own projects. I enjoy routine and learning on the job and most importantly, what I do on a day-to-day basis."
“I have been given the opportunity to extend my contract to allow me to further my education at a higher level. Grand Union has supported my needs and has involved me in every aspect of my journey.”
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 Service Advisor Apprentice
“I have been here at Grand Union for nine months now, and one of the things that I really enjoy about the department that I am in is the team, they are so lovely and a pleasure to work with."
“I didn't really think about going down the graduate programme route, I chose the apprenticeship route as college was not for me."
“My passion lies in Customer Services, as I thoroughly enjoy helping our customers. Grand Union has 100% supported me to become more confident when dealing with customers and given me the basic skills to be a great Customer Services Advisor.”
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 Services Apprentice
“I started at Grand Union in September 2018. I love my team, they have been so welcoming. I feel like we are treated like adults, coming straight from school, just finishing my GCSEs."
“My dream job is to do events management. This apprenticeship has given me the confidence and ability in myself, ; how to react in difficult situations, how to engage with all different levels of customers, internal or external, and how to think outside the box.”
Jake, Customer Services Apprentice
"I have been with Grand Union for almost nine months now. I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do after sixth form, so thought getting out and working (whilst still learning) would be the ideal choice."
“I am able to work in a friendly environment with great colleagues whilst learning at the same time."
“I wanted to gain experience in the working environment but also gain a qualification at the same time.”