We just love giving people a rewarding start to retail. In fact, many of our Home Office colleagues began their career in one of our stores. So, no matter what your background, you’ll find a role here. It's the reason we offer flexible hours to suit our colleagues' personal lives. And it’s why we make reasonable adjustments for people with disabilities, giving them what they need to be at their best. Have a look below, and see how you can join our wonderful family, and help customers and communities across the country live better.
Where do you fit in?
Former Armed Forces
If you’ve served your country, you might be surprised to hear that you’re perfect for a retail career. But we’re not. Because we think you’ll fit right in thanks to the amazing technical and leadership skills you picked up during your service. You know, the ability to listen to people, work as a team, think outside of the box and get results when under pressure.
We truly respect people from the Armed Forces. Which is why we’re proud to have signed up as a Military Covenant employer. In fact, it’s the reason we guarantee a Store, Depot or Home Office interview (or a place at an assessment centre) for anyone who has been honourably discharged in the last twelve months (from date of application). With integrity, respect and excellence at the heart of our values, many of our Former Armed Forces colleagues feel right at home at Asda. We hope you do, too.
School’s done. Now what? You could go to uni. But what if it’s not for you? What if now is the time to get out there and make your own way? Well, start believing people. Because when you have an exciting retail career at Asda, you’ll just love bringing home your own bacon. (Or whatever else you have next to your eggs. We’re not fussy.) Loads of our Home Office colleagues came from the shop floor, so a life in an Asda store can be the start of something better for you, too.
Who says you have to wait until you graduate before you can start your career? We doubt your lecturers said that. And we agree. It’s important these days to get some experience before you move into the working world. But once you join, don’t be surprised if you never want to leave. We’re not just one of the country’s top retailers, we’re actually quite nice people too. And when you’ve finally finished uni, you’ll be better prepared for a place on one of our fabulous graduate programmes.
As one of the country’s largest retailers, there aren’t many better places to start your career than Asda. In fact, you can really think bigger about your future with our Industrial Placements and two-year fast-track graduate programme. You could boost your degree, end up in charge of an Asda store, or find yourself within one of our commercial teams at Asda (or George) House. Whatever you pick, you’ll be in the heart of our business, taking on tough, demanding, exciting and rewarding challenges. To find out more, head over to our Graduates page and start your journey to an even better career.
If you’re a permanent Asda colleague, this is the perfect way to take your retail skills to the next level, get a recognised qualification, and keep making money. With Level 2 and Level 3 Apprenticeships in our stores, you could focus on a range of roles at Asda from Admin and George through to Home Shopping and Retail Management. You’ll be given a Babcock Vocational Learning Advisor, who will create an Individual Learning Plan just for you. But, just like any qualification, you’ll have to give 100% and put in some of your own time. However, unlike most qualifications, you’ll still get to earn money while you’re learning. The opportunities don’t end there. We also offer apprenticeships in Asda House within our IT department and also our Supply team. These are available to both internal colleagues and to those interested in joining our business. However, we only recruit our apprentices once a year in time for them to start in September. Unfortunately, our apprenticeships aren’t open to everyone. So, if you’re interested, speak to your Store or Line Manager who will let you know more about the apprenticeships available, if you’re eligible and what to do next.
We like to think of ourselves as a family at Asda. We all support and care for each other. (Some of our colleagues are actually related.) And it’s why we believe that we’re a great place for parents ready to return to the world of work. In fact, we’ll give you flexibility to balance your career with your busy personal life. So whether you’re greeting our customers, designing digital solutions or offering brilliant community care, you can be assured that we don’t just have you in mind. But your whole family too.
We’re all about the community at Asda. So when people are struggling, we want to help. It’s the reason why we’ve set up community programmes that help the unemployed find work. Firstly, our Time to Shine programme is a six week course that provides the skills to work in a fast paced environment such as Asda. However, it doesn’t just help people learn about work, but also about themselves. In many cases, it’s given them the much needed confidence boost, discovering skills they didn’t even know they had. But that’s not it. As part of the Feeding Britain’s Future scheme, we’ve also held workshops for the unemployed, with tips for interviews, assessment centres, and an insight into retail life. It’s been so good, that one of our workshops saw 97% of participants say they now felt more confident applying for a job.
We’re committed to growing the future of our business. But just because you’re older, it doesn’t mean that you can’t be part of our incredible journey. Actually, we appreciate the amazing experiences you can bring. All that matters is that you just love helping people and making them smile. In return, we’ll give you all of the support to make the most out of new career. So whether you’re looking for something to challenge you, keep you busy or just help out with the bills, you can find it all here.
At Asda, we believe in opportunity for all. It’s just one of the many reasons why we always try to help young people start their careers. In fact, we signed up to Movement to Work, and work closely with Business in the Community to give opportunities to young people who aren’t in employment, education or training. With a structured training programme, you’ll receive classroom-based learning and in-store work experience. It's proved to be a success, with many young people gaining employment with us after they’ve finished. Then, for the budding entrepreneurs of tomorrow, we have our partnership with Young Enterprise. It’s a rare opportunity to have an Asda Store Manager as a mentor, giving young people the skills to work in their own business. If you’re interested in either of these programmes, then you can always speak to your local Store Manager.
On Your Marks
If you’re already a part of Asda, then you might know about our incredible internal graduate scheme, On Your Marks. If you haven’t, then you could be surprised to learn that you can get a university degree without having to leave the wonderful world of Asda. With a focus on retail or distribution, the degree helps our colleagues boost their future career. It could see you becoming a major part of our Head Office operations, a leader in Asda logistics or a top retail expert. In a world of rising tuition fees and lack of job prospects, it’s the perfect opportunity for anyone looking to earn a degree, without taking the risks. To find out more, speak to your Line Manager today.
A career at Asda is definitely not just ‘a job in a shop’. While we’re busy becoming the country’s most trusted retailer, you’ll discover we’re a bit different. We’re a bright, friendly and determined bunch. It’s the perfect place to learn all of the skills you need to get ready for the working world. And, with opportunities in our Stores, George and Logistics, you might just find what you want to do in life. Which is probably the best start to a career you can get.
Of course, these aren’t the only ways you can join Asda. You might be looking for somewhere to use, or pick up, your retail skills and just want to be part of our friendly family. We don’t blame you. In fact, we’d love to have you here. All you need to do now is pop over to our search all vacancies section, discover the role for you, and apply.
Louise Patterson - Former Asda Graduate
I’d heard good things about the opportunities you get on Asda’s graduate scheme. So when I saw the chance to become a Project Manager in IT, I applied. And I’m still here seven years later. I now lead a programme management office, where we manage the portfolio and governance for all IT projects in Asda.
My advice for anyone looking at Asda’s graduate scheme? Take every opportunity that comes your way. It can only benefit your future career.
Callum Andrady - Asda Apprentice
I was working evenings at my local Asda when I applied for the apprenticeship scheme. And even though I’ve only just started, I already love it. I never dread coming into work because everyone’s so friendly.
It feels different at Asda. You can see that colleagues and customers come first. It’s just one of the many reasons why I want to continue my career here. In fact, I’d love to end up in America working for Walmart’s Head Office.
Simon Walker - Supply Analyst Apprentice
I’ve had a few roles at Asda. I’ve been a Process Colleague, a Section Leader and worked on the Fish Counter. But I knew the apprenticeship programme would allow me to further my career without having to leave.
Since I started, I’ve had so many opportunities. I was even in an Asda TV ad. We were treated like celebrities, which was a lot of fun. If anyone asked me about the apprenticeship, I’d just say apply. It’s really rewarding.
Daniel Holmes - Asda ISD Apprentice
When I applied for the apprenticeship scheme, I was working at my local Asda. I was about to finish college but I really wanted to get an office job in the company. Now, I’m an ISD Apprentice in the Business Analyst team.
I’ve had a lot of opportunities. But the best had to be when I – with the three other apprentices – gave a talk about the scheme to our suppliers. It was just one of many ways Asda is helping me to develop.
Jonathan Edwards - Asda ISD Apprentice
I’ve always wanted to work in IT. So when Asda invited me to an assessment day for the ISD Apprenticeship scheme, I was so excited. I was actually on holiday at the time, but I booked an early flight home. I couldn’t miss the opportunity.
As an apprentice, I’m experiencing all of the different areas in ISD. And I’m really excited about using innovative technology to give our customers the best possible service. IT is the future, and to start so young is amazing.
Josh Harper - Asda ISD Apprentice
I’ve always been into technology (I started building computers when I was twelve). So while I was working at my local Asda, I applied for the ISD Apprenticeship scheme.
When I got the position, I moved to Asda House and joined the ICT department. I love it, especially when we work with other areas of the business to find a great solution. My proudest moment? It has to be creating a TV dashboard for ISD that lets us view the latest stats and figures.
Tom Stephens – Youth training programme
I have cerebral palsy, which can make finding a job difficult. I actually applied for 950 jobs in five years, and didn’t get a single one. All those rejections really knocked my confidence, but I never gave up. Then I got the traineeship at Asda, which provided me with basic employment skills and practical experience of a work environment.
After I was offered a permanent position at the store, I was over the moon. Not only do I have belief in myself again, I’ve made so many new friends.
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Pamela Marshall - Admin Process Manager - Internal graduate programme
The range of experiences Asda have offered me has been unbelievable. I’ve worked here for nine years and I’ve had quite a few roles. I even got a promotion while I was doing my degree.
I really gained a better understanding of Asda during my studies. It’s hard work, but it’s so rewarding and the experience is excellent. And, the fact that I got to earn money and a degree at the same time was great.
Alice Simcox - Section Leader - Internal graduate programme
I was so honoured to receive my degree. Asda’s always been a part of my family. My dad was actually a Store Manager and he even worked at my current store.
The degree has also given me some great opportunities, like being able to spend time in the Marketing team.
It’s amazing when I think about it. I started with a job, I finished with a job, I have a university degree but with no debt. It was a no brainer really.
Umar Farooq - Systems Operations Manager - Internal graduate programme
I graduated with a degree in Distribution. Which is perfect for me because I actually started working at Asda as a Warehouse Department Manager.
The degree has opened so many doors for me. I learnt so much, and it meant I could study and keep working. In the future, I’d like to become a General Store Manager. And, hopefully, I can pick up the business acumen to be a senior executive for Walmart one day.
Nicole Tallant - Project Manager to CEO
From the moment I joined Asda’s Graduate Trading Scheme, I knew this was the place I wanted to work. However, I didn’t know that I’d become the Project Manager to our CEO & President.
Every 12 to 18 months, someone from the graduate scheme is given this opportunity. You have exclusive, one-to-one mentoring and a first-hand experience of what it’s like to be at the helm of one of the UK’s biggest retailers. I have to shake myself sometimes when I realise what a privilege that is.
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