Apprentice Partner Profiles
An Apprenticeship means having a real job from day one. Learning every day. Taking responsibility for the success of the business – and enjoying the rewards. But don’t take our word for it. Find out what some of our current Apprentices have to say.
“After completing my college studies in English Literature & Language, I immediately gravitated towards starting a career in John Lewis as the Partnership has a lot of scope for development in retail skills. I was honoured to be selected out of 65 Apprentices to be filmed for a video montage which was used by Sir Charlie Mayfield during a speech he made in Brussels.
During my first year at John Lewis I took part in meetings, presentations, organising shop floor cover and re-merchandising products to high standards. Since completing the scheme I have gone on to working in John Lewis’ first pop-up shop ‘Home by John Lewis’, being interviewed by Larry Lamb for LBC Radio. This is all in addition to being elected as my department’s first ‘PartnerVoice’ representative, which allows me to take an active role in the Partnership’s democracy. I am currently taking steps towards moving up in the business and I look forward to securing a management position in the near future.
A few years ago, if someone told me that I would be delivering meetings and making speeches on behalf of one of Britain’s most successful retailers, I would have been shocked. The number of achievements I have made through the John Lewis Apprenticeship Scheme are endless and I have met amazing people that have inspired me to push myself to the best of my ability.”
“I am currently on the Level 3 Apprenticeship scheme after completing my A-Levels in Applied Business Studies, French, PE and Photography, in which I achieved 2 B’s and 2 C’s. I knew I didn’t want to go to university as I wanted to start my career without ending up with the debts of student loans. I had wanted to work in retail for a while; it is a relatively stable career path as there will always be retail in the world, whether it’s fashion or food and I know that John Lewis have an excellent reputation for looking after their staff. The Apprenticeship Scheme was the perfect answer as I could get on-the-job experience in the retail sector whilst gaining valuable qualifications which would be a springboard on to the next steps in my career.
I enjoy many aspects of my job and have had the opportunity of not only acting as a Selling Partner, but also taking on managerial and leadership roles. The opportunities I get are fantastic, for example I have just been voted as department representative for our branch council, ‘PartnerVoice’, which means I get to make a difference in my branch. I enjoy the variety that being an Apprentice at John Lewis gives me as no two days are the same. It is very rewarding knowing that a simple smile or piece of advice can make a customer’s day!
I am really excited about what the future holds for me at John Lewis and I am looking into further development schemes to get me to the level of Section Manager, which will further my career development.”
Pay in range: £11.70 - £15.50 + Shift Premium (33% base rate) + Benefits
Closing Date: 29/1/2017
South East England
Pay in Range: £10.20 - £13.77 plus benefits
Closing Date: 26/1/2017
Pay in range: £11.70 - £15.50 + Shift Premium (20% base rate) + Benefits
Closing Date: 29/1/2017