Sainsburys announces new coding apprenticeships

UK supermarket Sainsburys is set to launch a new apprenticeship scheme for coders. Having launched its Digital Lab last year to develop new IT infrastructure and customer offerings, the company says it will offer a two year programme for those interested in a career in coding.

The news comes after a year when the supermarket has increased its digital and technology team to more than 900 people, from a low previous base. The two-year apprenticeship programme will launch in the summer and will after 10 successful applicants are chosen to participate.

Sainsburys says that future apprentices will focus on developing skills such in Java, PHP, Python, JavaScript and Golang programming languages, as well as working on their business skills, team development and the lifecycle of technical projects.


‘Turning passion into a potential career’

Sainsbury’s digital and technology director Jon 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.”

Sainsburys is just one many retailers that understood the lessons of the past half decade and have sought to understand how these changes have affected the sector. It has embraced and driven innovation through investment in technology and people, and now stands as a beacon in the sector.

Technology now sits at the heart of Sainsburys offering, from the supply chain to the customer interface, while analytics is now a critical tool in understanding customer needs and behavior.