Asda pilots training scheme

Industrial and Commercial Training

ISSN: 0019-7858

Article publication date: 1 June 2004



(2004), "Asda pilots training scheme", Industrial and Commercial Training, Vol. 36 No. 4.



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Asda pilots training scheme

Asda pilots training scheme

UK supermarket Asda has announced a workplace-training pilot for 1,000 employees following the validation of the company’s own in-house training programme.

Employees in eight north London stores will be offered the chance to train toward National Vocational Qualifications (NVQ) in retail and Modern Apprenticeships. Employees over the age of 25 will work toward NVQ Level 2 qualifications and younger employees, aged 16-24, will work toward Modern Apprenticeships.

A further 1,000 employees will train toward voluntary, paid, basic-skills qualifications, following a successful basic-skills pilot in 2003. Asda expects the pilot and the basic-skills implementation to deliver similar business benefits to its 2003 basic-skills pilot, including increased productivity, improved staff morale and retention, and a higher level of internal promotion.

The Learning and Skills Council, the organisation responsible for developing skills in England, has contributed more than £500,000 to the pilot and the first stage of the basic-skills roll-out. Asda’s goal is to use the NVQ and Modern Apprenticeship trial to offer company-wide accredited workforce development.

The validation of Asda’s own in-house training as a retail NVQ follows extensive consultation with the Learning and Skills Council and City and Guilds.

Stephen Gardner, director of skills and workforce development for the Learning and Skills Council, said:

  • Adult learning and Modern Apprenticeships will allow Asda to train new and existing employees in the skill needs of the business, helping to increase productivity and profitability while staff remain as a resource for the business.

David Smith, Asda people director, said:

  • We are in no doubt that, not only does training like this make a real difference to our colleagues, but it also makes our business stronger.

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