Sir; The revelation that 68% of young managers in the food and grocery business have fallen into the industry by chance should come as no surprise. (Wooing the top talent, The Grocer, September 18, p74)
On leaving university with debts of £10,000 plus, the average graduate who has not followed a strictly vocational course settles down at his/her PC at the beginning of September and applies for every graduate course they can think of. They’re not usually too bothered about what the company does. They know that entry onto a graduate scheme - any graduate scheme - will give them a starting salary many thousands of pounds above their contemporaries applying through normal job vacancy routes. A look at the retention rate once graduates have completed the schemes would be an interesting exercise.
Companies should be asking themselves why so many take the training and the money… and run.