Co-op launches virtual work experience following Covid-19

The Co-op has partnered with 11 major suppliers across media, technology and FMCG to launch a virtual work experience scheme.

During the five-week programme, pupils aged between 14 and 17 will be invited to a range of online presentations from LGBTQ+. disability and ethnic minority networks within the Co-op; given insights on how to ‘get into’ areas including information technology, marketing and retail.

Pupils will also be offered employability skill sessions, which includes CV writing and applying for apprenticeships.

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The scheme is available for 2000 students at Co-op academies, with sessions being run by Co-op figureheads, as well as speakers from P&G, Microsoft, Kellogg’s and others

The retailer said if the scheme is successful, it plans to grow the offer to more schools and community organisations across the UK.

“Young people are one of the groups that have suffered the most this year, having spent months isolated at home at a crucial point in their lives,” Co-op chief executive Steve Murrells said.

“There is a huge job to be done in terms of educational recovery as we come out of the pandemic and at the Co-op, we wanted to make sure that we’re doing all we can, particularly for those in our extended Co-op family community.

“This virtual work experience programme will give these students a valuable insight into the world of work, which will help them make important decisions about life beyond school.

“It’s brilliant to see other major companies partnering with us on this, demonstrating just how impactful collaboration and co-operation can be.

“We’re looking forward to seeing where we can take this, to support even more young people in the future. This is just one component of the outstanding careers provision we provide across all our academies,” Murrells continued.



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