Sainsburys announces software apprenticeships

Sainsburys has become the latest big business to offer digital apprenticeships.

The supermarket today announced it was inviting applications from anyone interested in joining the scheme, which will initially focus on coding before moving onto broader software development. The deadline for applications is 7 July.

According to Jon Rudoe, digital and technology director at Sainsbury’s, applicants will be based at the supermarket’s London based Digital Lab for an initial six week coding and developing induction. Following that, apprentices will get involved with a range of digital projects – most of which focus on improving the supermarket’s online shopping experience and back office operations.


‘Discovering the next generation of coders’

Rudoe said: “Over the past year we have grown our digital and technology team to more than 900 people. We want to discover the next generation of coders and give them great opportunities and training in our fast-paced business.

“By creating these apprenticeships, we’re enabling people to turn their passion for technology into a potential career with us.”

The Digital Lab opened in August last year in response to the need to develop in house solutions to some of the pressing technical challenges facing Sainsburys in an increasingly competitive market. Given the impending acquisition of Argos, the supermarket is clearly in need of serious digital investment.

Rudoe said: “Technology plays a key role in delivering Sainsbury’s strategy. These apprentices will get the chance to work on projects across our business, from online groceries to our clothing website, banking and much more. They will also be working alongside some of the most talented people in the industry.”