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From shop floor to top floor at Morrisons
Article Type: Notes and news From: Industrial and Commercial Training, Volume 42, Issue 7
Morrisons supermarket and Bradford University School of Management showcased the benefits of investing in workforce training to regional minister Rosie Winterton, when she visited a Morrisons store in the company’s home city of Bradford.
The minister met the first Morrisons employees to undertake the postgraduate certificate in businesses administration, which is run in conjunction with Bradford University School of Management, as well as other Morrisons colleagues working towards qualifications as part of the company’s so-called “fresh-food academy”.
The postgraduate certificate is designed to give managers a holistic view of the world of management.
The director of executive education at the School of Management, Julian Rawel, said: “We are taking Morrisons’ star performers in middle management and turning them into rounded strategic decision makers, able to understand the impact of what they do in their own area – retail, accounting or HR – on the wider business and its profitability. Because it is bespoke, we can combine the theory with the practical relevance of their specific business.”
Rosie Winterton also met Morrisons colleagues who work in the store, to learn more about the training opportunities available to them and the benefits they receive from gaining qualifications, such as the National Vocational Qualification at level 2 in retail skills.
Norman Pickavance, the Morrisons HR director, said: “Morrisons is fully committed to giving all employees the chance to develop their career so they can go from the shop floor to the top floor. We offer colleagues excellent opportunities such as apprenticeships in craft skills like bakery and butchery and NVQ level 2 qualifications in retail skills, but this collaboration with Bradford University School of Management gives even more of our colleagues the chance to develop further skills, knowledge and qualifications.”
Rosie Winterton commented: “As regional minister, promoting and encouraging the development of skills is one of my top priorities. The Government is committed to encouraging businesses and universities to work together to promote innovation and share expertise.
“That is why I am delighted by this successful collaboration between Morrisons and Bradford University School of Management. I hope it will inspire even more co-operation between our region’s universities and businesses to increase competitiveness, profitability and productivity and achieve long-term sustainable growth and prosperity for Yorkshire and the Humber.”
Morrisons employs close to 25,000 people in Yorkshire and the Humber and aims to train 100,000 employees in NVQ level 2 in retail skills nationally by mid-2011.