Co-op apprentices Buzz to the future

Co-op apprentices Buzz to the future
Apprentices, Retail

Food apprentices are getting a buzz this year at the Co-op. A high percentage are millennials joining the Co-op as new members of the workforce. The Co-op are a great employer to work for with clear values for all. It’s all about the people. ‘Showing you care’ and ‘getting better together’ are just two of the values the Co-op place high on their agenda. The ‘Buzz’ training is delivered across the UK to ensure apprentices come together and share learnings with each other and develop a support network with each other.

So how do the Co-op empower their new recruits and future workforce to be the best they can be?

Tracey Lancaster, Regional Learning Delivery Manager at The Co-operative Group, said “All businesses have a challenge with the millennial population. Here at the Co-op, we ‘show we care’ about their wellbeing and resilience as key to being sustainable colleagues. We are keen to support our apprentices with their wellbeing, so we have created a partnership with Let’s Get Healthy to provide meaningful learning with maximum impact on personal resilience. The training has been amazing, and the apprentices already feel empowered.”

Here’s some amazing feedback from the Buzz sessions:

“I thought it was an excellent day, very engaging doing different activities and I will take a lot away from it.”
“Very informative. Given myself something to think about. Have a better understanding of how to deal with stress.”
“Overall todays workshop has been very good and it has taught me all about different aspects of life, how to handle stress and how to concentrate on positive things.”

In this group of millennials are future store managers, leaders and frontline retail customer service. The Co-op are ready and willing to ask the questions needed to support and develop their apprentices in the corporate environment.

Maria Bourke, Managing Director of Let’s Get Healthy, said “It was a privilege to meet last years’ Co-op Food apprentices and spend 2 days with them during their training. I came away inspired by their passion, willingness to learn and be open to look at how they can make changes in their lifestyle to boost their resilience and rise to their challenges. I will be following their career paths with interest as I am positive with continued support many will be promoted through the ranks.”

The Buzz Resilience training (a fun and interactive 1-day workshop) was chosen as a wellbeing and resilience learning solution for the Co-op Food apprentices. A whole day of focus on building resilience included the science of stress, energy, sleep, mindfulness, chimp management (emotional management) and even an apprentice having a voice in the Co-op with the Buzz Power activity. The Co-op will be supporting all 100 apprentices by providing them with the Buzz Resilience Training which has been tailored specifically for them.

If you would like more information on tailored workshops and health and wellbeing in the workplace, contact us, we’re always here to talk.