Frequently Asked Questions

Below is a list of our most frequently asked questions. If you can’t find what you are looking for or have any feedback please contact us.


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I'm an applicant

Absolutely! As long as you meet our eligibility requirements, everyone is welcome.  We suggest that you also speak with your Line Manager to help support with your application.

Please withdraw your application by contacting apprenticeshipandgraduaterecruitment@tesco.com and re-apply to the correct programme.

We welcome applications from candidates who have their own right to work in the UK. For both temporary and permanent roles you will be asked to provide evidence of your right to work during the early stages of the application process, and you must maintain and be able to demonstrate your right to work throughout the duration of your employment. Please note that Tesco are unable to provide sponsorship for our apprenticeship and graduate roles.

Yes, we'll require you to be based in the UK for the duration of the internship.  For both temporary and permanent roles we'll require an in-person validation with your right to work already submitted online.  We'll require this on day one of joining the programme, if not before.

You'll be able to find out more information on the NARIC website. Please click here http://ecctis.co.uk/naric/Individuals/

This breadth of experience will help you think about your future at Tesco, beyond being a graduate, as there are a wide variety of job opportunities for you to apply for as you finish your programme. You should be well-equipped to excel in a role that plays to your unique strengths and interests utilising the range of skills you've developed over your time on the programme.

Of course! Just make sure you use any feedback given to you to improve your application this time round.

You can only apply for one, but if you have a second choice please let us know on your application form. Throughout the recruitment process we may give you the advice that you're better suited to another programme - we always have your best interests at heart.

Age is just a number - of course you can.

Sorry for the inconvenience - please contact us at apprenticeshipandgraduaterecruitment@tesco.com and we'll look into any issues for you.

If you require additional support whilst exploring our website, we have teamed up with Recite Me, a tool that enables you to make adjustments to our website to suit your requirements.  Just click on the Accessibility tab at the top of the page and then on to the ReciteMe toolbar, which you can use to change font size, language, or read the webpage aloud and some more additional options. 

Yes, we sure do! It needs to be valid for the entire duration of the programme. Our graduate programmes run for a two-year period, September to September, with exception of our Finance Graduate Programme, that runs for three years, again September to September. 

Yes, we accept student visas with supporting university timetable dates. You must be available for the full 10 weeks of the programme and be able to provide documentation enabling you to work full time for the 10 weeks (June to August).

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Selection process

Applications will open in September and all programmes operate on a rolling application basis, which means as soon as the programme has enough applications we will close for any new applications.

For graduate programmes, it’s a minimum of a 2:2 degree, but it’s best to check the individual requirements for each programme.

For the internship programmes you’ll need to be on track for a 2:2 degree and in your penultimate year, but it’s best to check the individual requirements for each programme.

For the apprenticeship programmes you’ll need an English Language and Maths GCSE grade C/4 or above.

You'll be able to find out more information on the NARIC website by clicking here.

Unfortunately, we don't offer year in industry placements, but we do offer a 10-week paid summer internship placement for penultimate year students. You can find more information about our internships here.

All our applications must be received through our website and applications made via email will not be considered. We follow a fair and consistent application process for all Apprenticeship, Graduate and Internship roles.

You can only apply for one, but if you have a second choice please let us know on your application form. Throughout the recruitment process we may give you the advice that you're better suited to another programme - we always have your best interests at heart.

Yes absolutely, however we will only accept one application per yearly intake. Keep your eyes on our website for our next intake to go live. Don’t forget that graduate roles aren’t the only route into Tesco, why not check out other available roles at tesco-careers.com

Yes, so long as you meet the minimum requirements for the programme you’d like to apply to.

Our salaries are competitive and vary depending on the programme you’re applying for. You’ll find all the details when you click through to the relevant programme.

No you don’t. However, as a Disability Confident Employer we want to support all applicants entering our recruitment process with any reasonable adjustments. We want to help you perform at your very best and letting us know if you need any reasonable adjustments will help us to do this, if you're comfortable doing so. You can reach us at apprenticeshipandgraduaterecruitment@tesco.com or call 01635 888361 to chat about the details further.

 

 

If you have a disability and/or long term health condition, you'll move straight to our video interview stage, in line with our commitment to the guaranteed interview scheme for those with a disability or long term health condition. 

Absolutely! As long as you meet our eligibility requirements, everyone is welcome.  We suggest that you also speak with your Line Manager to help support with your application.

Yes, you can still apply. However, please note that you’ll need to be able to travel to, and work in, the eight London boroughs, including some early, late and weekend shifts.

No, we don't mind what subject your degree is in, we're more interested in your passion for the programme and what skills you have that would make you perfect for the role! However, some of our programmes, such as our technology internships and graduate programmes, do require more specific technical skills, so it's best to check the individual programme pages for more information. 

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Application process

We operate an online digital process consisting of a gamified assessment followed by a video interview, neither of which are time-consuming. This will then be followed by a Virtual Discovery Centre. More information can be found here.

Absolutely. As a Disability Confident Employer we want to support all applicants entering our recruitment process with any reasonable adjustments they may need. You can reach us at apprenticeshipandgraduaterecruitment@tesco.com or call 01635 888361 to chat about the details further.

 

If you have a disability and/or long term health condition, you'll move straight to our video interview stage, in line with our commitment to the guaranteed interview scheme for those with a disability or long term health condition. 

You're given practice questions before the real assessment starts. Take advantage of these to make sure you understand what you have to do in the assessment. Please also take a look at our ‘Hints and tips’ section on the application process page here.

You're given practice questions before the real assessment starts. Take advantage of these to make sure you understand what you have to do in the assessment. Often, you can re-read the instructions and redo the practice questions multiple times.  Please also take a look at our ‘Hints and tips’ section on the application process page here.

Please email apprenticeshipandgraduaterecruitment@tesco.com and we’ll look into any issues for you.

Please withdraw your application by contacting apprenticeshipandgraduaterecruitment@tesco.com and re-apply to the correct programme.

We value your time and interest in Tesco and throughout our process feedback is provided, which will help you on your career path.

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Right to work

We welcome applications from candidates who have their own right to work in the UK. For both temporary and permanent roles you will be asked to provide evidence of your right to work during the early stages of the application process, and you must maintain and be able to demonstrate your right to work throughout the duration of your employment. Please note that Tesco are unable to provide sponsorship for our apprenticeship and graduate roles.

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Virtual Discovery Centre

Yes, due to the success and feedback we have received from our candidates over the previous year, we will continue to run our Discovery Centres virtually.

We believe that you perform your best when you are yourself. So whether this is smart/casual or your best business attire, you should feel comfortable and confident - we're interested in you, not your outfit, so please don't worry! Our interviewers will be dressed smart/casual.

Our Virtual Discovery Centre is based upon our Little Helps Plan and examples of topics that will be covered are sustainability and climate change:

https://www.tescoplc.com/sustainability

 

Our Virtual Discovery Centres are designed with you in mind, whether they be virtual or face-to-face. Our intent is to provide you with a really good understanding of Tesco.

We’d suggest that you research your chosen programme to enable you to convey your motivation and passion for joining us. Ahead of the day we’ll send you some helpful information about some of the great things Tesco do. Please also take a look at our ‘Hints and tips’ section on the application process page here.

Our Discovery Centres are held virtually - you will not need to travel to take part. 

Please don’t worry. If you’re invited through to the Virtual Discovery Centre, please contact us at apprenticeshipandgraduaterecruitment@tesco.com so that we can talk about how we can support you. 

Please take a look at our ‘Hints and tips’ section on the application process page here.

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New joiners

Yes, there will be various options for you to get to meet other new joiners.

Before starting, you’ll have the option to speak to current colleagues from across the business to help answer any questions/concerns you might have.

Starting out in a large organisation like ours can be a bit daunting so there's a team of colleagues for you to turn to should you need, which includes your line manager, a buddy, programme manager and a mentor. We want to help colleagues to look after their mental and physical wellbeing, so they can feel great at work and at home. 

There are lots of ways you can learn and develop whilst on your programme. We encourage self-led development and will support this with a range of e-learning and face to face learning sessions.  You’ll build your skills for the future with real-life experience, workshops and resources, as well as support and mentoring from your colleagues. Our on-site training academy, Heart, makes it easy to take advantage of learning sessions.

 

If you’re successful in your application, we'll send you some relocation information to support you. To help with relocation you’ll have the option to join an online networking group to allow you to connect with others who are joining Tesco at the same time.

This breadth of experience will help you think about your future at Tesco, beyond being a graduate, as there are a wide variety of job opportunities for you to apply for as you finish your programme. You should be well-equipped to excel in a role that plays to your unique strengths and interests utilising the range of skills you've developed over your time on the programme.

You'll work in three different locations during your two-year programme. You'll spend the first six months in a large store, the next six months in a different store - or at a Distribution Centre or Customer Fulfilment Centre - and the second year will be in a third location. When you change your place of work, it may be possible to commute to the new location, but please be prepared to re-locate if necessary.

No, tutors from Kent Business School will use the facilities at Pearson College in Holborn. So you can gain a degree form the University of Kent, with the ease of a central-London location.

Absolutely! We want you to feel welcome and included in our Tesco community, and one way to do that is by joining our networks. There are 6 networks that provide support, social opportunities and learning events for all colleagues to join and be involved with, regardless of their background or identity. Our networks include: Armed Forces at Tesco, Women at Tesco, Disability at Tesco, LGBTQ+ at Tesco, Race & Ethnicity at Tesco, and Parents & Carers at Tesco. You will be given more information about each of our networks and how you can get involved when you start with us. 

Yes! As a Disability Confident Employer, we are committed to creating an inclusive working environment where everyone is welcome and supported to be at their best. We work hard to make sure that working arrangements and physical features of our buildings don't put any colleagues at a disadvantage. If you have any concerns surrounding accessibility arrangements and adjustments ahead of joining us, please contact apprenticeshipandgraduaterecruitment@tesco.com to speak to our team about how we can best support you in your new role with us. 

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