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Although we probably all tend to think of Asda as a supermarket, their product range offers so much more than just weekly shopping. As well as groceries, Asda also provide financial services, a mobile phone network, clothing with the George brand, flowers, gifts, tyres, holidays and much, much more.

Asda was set up in 1965, and, following Tesco, is the second biggest retailing chain in the United Kingdom. It has, however, been under the ownership of American firm Wal-Mart since the end of the 1990s. It reaches an annual operating income of over £600 million and prides itself on its low prices.

Asda employs over 200 thousand people in a very wide variety of roles. The headquarters are in Leeds, West Yorkshire, but, with over 500 Asda supermarkets and outlets, there should be some suitable jobs for students and graduates no matter where they are based in the UK.

Just a few of the in store jobs at Asda include roles for checkout operators, bakers, pizza makers, clothing assistants, opticians, chemists. They have a dedicated Weekend Flex scheme meaning that students can work most of their hours from Friday evenings through to Monday mornings. Nice option!

Asda also offers work experience opportunities, work placements, apprenticeships and internships on a regular basis.

Students could also look for opportunities in distribution if there is an Asda facility near where you study. Current distribution centres can be found at Grangemouth, Falkirk, Skelmersdale, Wigan, Washington, Teesport, Doncaster, Wakefield, Warrington, South Emsall, Brackmills, Lymedale, Lutterworth, Dartford, Erith, Bedford, Bristol, Chepstow and Didcot.

For university-leavers, the Asda graduate programmes give students the chance to focus on the following areas of the retail business: Retail Management, Distribution, Store Development, Buying, Finance, IT, Marketing, Ecommerce, Human Resources, Customer Service and or Supply.

Most of the Asda programmes run for two years, but the Finance and Distribution options take up an extra year. You will need at least a 2:1 degree to be in with a chance of winning a place on any of the graduate programmes, and a minimum UCAS point score of 300 is an extra requirement for Finance.

So, what sort of students and graduates do Asda try to track down with their recruitment processes? Well, as you would expect, they place great emphasis on qualities such as hard working mentality, great customer service skills, a fast thinking brain and a friendly, approachable personality.

Whether you are interested in just a few weekend or evening hours at a local store, or fancy a full time career with the Asda name, apply for any current opportunities advertised below now.

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