Sainsbury's training college

Sainsbury’s training college will train 3,000 people in four years

Sainsbury’s has opened a dedicated training facility for its convenience business - the first supermarket to do so.

The centre, in Brixton, is expected to run 2,000 training courses in its first year. It will train team leaders and store managers in technical and behavioural skills, with 3,000 people expected to pass through the centre over the next four years.

Sainsbury’s is aiming to recruit 500 team leaders, 100 store managers and 100 deputy managers to its c-store estate over the next 12 months. Last month, it also unveiled plans to open 60 new c-stores in London and the South East alone this year.

“Running a store is like running your own business, so being a good store manager is about knowing your customers, community and colleagues,” said director of convenience Simon Twigger.

“This new training facility will now boost and support those skills with detailed management expertise, to go even further to help our colleagues run our stores and power our convenience growth in the capital,” he added.

Karen Skipper, a trainee store manager from Wimbledon Broadway, is one of the first people to use the centre. She said: “Having the space to focus and develop while you’re training in-store is really important, and it will be great to share experiences with peers so we can continue to give our customers a great service.”

Sainsbury’s already runs six food colleges and a bakery college across the UK.