Jacksons has announced the success of its new management training initiative as the first trainees emerge from the scheme. The 12-week rolling programme replaces a four-week scheme. It includes a two-day induction, run twice a month, followed by on-the-job training at one of nine Learning Centre Stores. Trainees ­ or "designates" ­ meet up for one week of mandatory training, including first aid, basic food hygiene and basic food and safety. They are reviewed at three, six and nine-week intervals by managers with a final assessment at 12 weeks. Lee Storr, deputy manager of Jacksons' store in Analby Park Hull, who took part in the programme, commented: "It was informative and well-planned. I was training as a deputy manager, but I now feel equipped to head a store. I would even recommend the scheme to managers who have been here for years as a refresher course." Jacksons personnel and training manager Debra Wainwright said: "Over 40 people have been through or are going through our training programme." Jacksons said it had introduced the scheme to increase staff retention. {{PEOPLE MOVES }}