Sainsbury's is recruiting 115 jobs through its graduate and placement programmes for entry in 2011.

The retailer has up to 65 places available on its graduate programme and a further 50 places on its two paid placement programmes, which are either a year long or eight weeks over the summer.

The graduate programme boasts 15 different schemes. Its retail scheme focuses on people management and leadership skills and gives graduates the opportunity to manage a c-store as well as the confidence, knowledge and skills to become a deputy store manager in 18 months.

"We're looking to recruit individuals that have the drive and passion to thrive in retail," said Gwyn Burr, Sainsbury's customer service and colleague director. "In return for their hard work, our graduates are given real responsibility and all the tools to make a real difference to our business."

Places are also available on the product technology scheme also part of the graduate programme where candidates could find themselves visiting suppliers across the globe.

Sainsbury's graduates salaries start at £25,000 to £26,000. The number applying for Sainsbury's graduate scheme shot up 20% for this year as a result of the tough economic climate.

One-year paid placements cover areas such as logistics, product technology and product development.