Wilkinson, aka Wilko, is a British family retail business which has been plying its trade for over eight decades. The first ever Wilkinson shop opened in Leicester during 1930, but the company, which retails in various products including DIY goods, homeware and textiles, has since grown to a chain of more than 350 stores all over the UK, employing over 20,000 people nationwide.
As far as retail jobs go, students often join the ranks of Wilkinson as in-store Customer Service Assistants. Explaining these retail roles, the Wilko careers website says:
“As the name suggests, this is all about putting the customer at the heart of every business decision we make. And, whether you’re part of a team or leading it, you’ll give all of our customers the sort of service you’d like to receive. As a result, you’ll achieve business targets and build customer loyalty within the community. At the same time, you’ll help us to achieve our business objectives too...”
To find your nearest Wilkinson store so that you can check for retail vacancies, you can visit the company’s store finder and enter your postcode.
Head office for Wilkinson is at Worksop in Nottinghamshire, and opportunities there for students and graduates include positions in departments such as Buying, Finance, Loss Prevention, Human Resources, Legal & Risk, Supply Chain and Business Solutions ICT.
The retailer has a dedicated graduate scheme where applicants can sign up for one of four business areas at Wilkinson. These graduate programmes, all predominantly based at the Worksop head office, specialise in IT, Online Marketing, Marketing Planning or Marketing Insight.
Next to the Worksop head office, students could also check out if there are any vacancies going at the company’s nearby distribution facility. Likewise, any students in Monmouthshire, South Wales could look for work at the Wilko distribution centre there too.
There is more in-depth information about working in retail and other roles at Wilkinson on the company’s careers website. You might also be able to get an understanding of the image that Wilkinson tries to portray by checking their social media accounts to the left of the page.
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