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Graduates heading to supermarket chain

06 Oct 2008

Graduates heading to supermarket chain The Co-operative Group has said applications for its graduate recruitment programme has more than doubled over the last three years, it has been reported.

According to the group, 2,223 university leavers applied to join its graduate recruitment programme this year, compared with 845 people in 2005.

Head of diversity for the Co-op Amanda Jones said: "We are looking for our future leaders."

"It is not about age, gender, or ethnicity, and while academic ability undoubtedly helps, it does not necessarily mean that they are going to do well in a leadership role," she added.

The increase in applications comes as the Co-op loosens the entry criteria it applies to new recruits, allowing graduates with any degree to apply as opposed to just those with economics or business studies degrees.

On top of this the Co-op has reduced the minimum number of Ucas points needed to get on the scheme and ditched the scheme's age restrictions.

Meanwhile, the Co-op has said it remains confident it can avoid the effects of the economic slowdown as it continues its strong performance, posting first-half profit.

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