EG Group is set to create 500 apprenticeships over the next three years.
The forecourt giant said there will be opportunities within its head office, as well as at its proprietary brands such as Leon and Cooplands.
Apprentices will be able to train and develop skills within a range of disciplines and departments, including in human resources, payroll, finance, legal, surveying, insurance, data analytics and IT.
They will also be able to take up learning opportunities at site level within foodservice, fuel, grocery and merchandise workstreams, including courses in retail management and hospitality management.
The busines said the goal is to provide individuals the opportunity to develop their skills, behaviour and knowledge while gaining practical experience.
There are already around 200 apprentices signed up to the business for this year, with a further circa 300 apprenticeship roles expected to be created in 2023 and 2024.
It follows the graduation of EG Group’s first cohort of 33 apprentices in September 2021. This group completed a 24-month Retailer Level 2 apprenticeship with 25% graduating with a distinction, and 45% progressing into more senior roles.
“We are very proud to be significantly extending apprenticeship opportunities across various areas of our business over the coming three years, following the success of the first cohort of apprentices last year,” said EG Group head of learning and development Vincent O’Donovan.
“As a business, we thrive on providing learning and development for colleagues and we are committed to building for the future and supporting individuals to gains skills and experience across the business. The fact that our apprenticeship programme continues to go from strength-to-strength is a testament to the hard work, skill and dedication of everyone involved.”
EG Group group operations director Ahmed Kazi added: “The wider apprenticeship programme has already helped the Operations team to grow and develop. The scope of work in our team is quite broad and varied as it encompasses commercial areas such as facilities management, site services to global insurance.
“Many of our colleagues have grown with the business gaining hands-on work experience and by providing them suitable vocational learning they now have the necessary confidence and competencies to review a wide range of business functions and associated service contracts.
”The apprenticeship programme is helping us to take operational excellence to the next level, as part of our efforts to equip colleagues with the skills of tomorrow.”