Tesco has spent more than £30m on a new training academy in South Korea, which it plans to use to train 24,000 staff a year from across its Asia operations.

The academy will serve the retailer’s businesses in South Korea, Thailand, Malaysia, Japan, China and India, which together employ over 100,000 staff and last year reported £11bn sales.

“This is a 21st century training centre, which will become our hub of learning and expertise for the region,” said Tesco chief executive Philip Clarke.

“It will help us to build on the already strong team we have here and combine deep local knowledge with global experience to develop tomorrow’s leaders.

“We want the academy to be known as a centre for training excellence and the facilities here are designed to make this a reality, building on our ambition to become an outstanding international retailer.”

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