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Retail Management School Leaver Programme 2022

Job ID 16957 Closing Date 14/02/2022 22:55 Contract Full time Hours 39 Contract Type Regular Shift Flexible Salary and Benefits Competitive

What we look for

What makes a legend of tomorrow? How about the drive to get started today. If you’re never one to back down from a challenge, you like to think steps ahead and you can flex when things go wrong, you’re in the right place. The best of us are curious, resilient, proactive and adaptable – and we never, ever look back. We use our skills to shape the future. And you can too. This is the place, this is the time, this is the home to give your talent so much more meaning.

Why I chose M&S

The M&S school leaver programme definitely pushed me out of my comfort zone. In the best way possible. At 17, I didn’t know what I wanted to do as a career, and I chose M&S because the programme offered me lots of exposure to different roles and responsibilities. You learn so much in such a short period of time and you meet people who quickly feel like family. For someone who didn’t know where to begin, it’s pretty amazing to now feel so excited about where my future could take me next.

Aprille, School Leaver

What we offer

It’s never too early to make your mark on the world. To show what you’ve got. To become a legend of tomorrow. The best ideas can come from anywhere, from anyone, at any time. Which is why our school leaver programme won’t just introduce you to the retail industry, it’ll be a platform for you to be heard.

Whether you want to explore what goes on in our stores – across food, fashion and home – or get a look at the inner workings of our business, you’ll find that we do things differently here. You’ll discover exposure and real experiences are what we’re all about. Want to gain an industry-recognised qualification? Want to learn from mentors who have seen it all? Want to change things for customers all over the country? This is where it all begins.


Our salaries are competitive and reviewed every year.

Colleague Discount

Receive 20% discount in-store and online for you and a partner or family member.


A minimum 28 days’ statutory holiday per year, pro-rata if you’re part time.

Holiday Buy

You can reduce your salary in exchange for up to one contractual week of additional holiday, subject to eligibility and National Living Wage requirements.


We have discretionary bonus schemes depending on the role that you do and the performance of our business.


If you save 3% of your pay into our Pension Saving Plan we will add an extra 6%. More details at

Life Assurance

Free cover of two times your annual salary up to age 70. If you pay into our Pension Saving Plan we double this to four times.


Allows you to save between £5 and £250 per month for three years with the option to buy shares at a 20% discount – or simply take your savings back.


Invest between £10 and £180 each month from your gross salary to buy M&S shares and build up an investment.

My Choices

Enjoy savings on everyday costs to holidays, recognise your colleague’s success and get more information and support on your wellbeing & benefits.

Cycle to Work

Hire a bike and accessories through Cycle to Work and save on tax and national insurance.


Buy the latest technology with interest free financing directly from your salary.

Health & Wellbeing

Save money on you and your families medical and dental expenses. Get great discounts on gym memberships, active wear, and health products.

Mental Health Support

Free 24/7 support from our expert health and wellbeing partners PAM Wellbeing - including free counselling and CBT as well as support for your family.

Giving Back

Support charities you care about the most by donating through your pay or even volunteer for them for one day.

Financial Wellbeing

Access to information and support to help you manage your finances from long term savings to managing your debt or money worries.

Celebration Time

Celebration time provides additional time off (up to one day per year) for a special occasion.

Retail Management School Leaver Programme 2022

Always thinking about tomorrow? You’ve already got the makings of an M&S legend. Now, all you need is the opportunity to get started. Enter, a school leaver opportunity like no other. We’ll help you understand life inside the retail fast lane – and how we’re transforming our business to be quicker and slicker for customers everywhere. It’s a world away from your normal 9-5. It’s as special as our stores. It’s exposure, support, and legacy-building stuff. And now it’s better than ever before. It’s your chance to be the change you see in the world, earlier than everyone else.

We’re investing our decades of experience into the Retail Management programme for School Leavers. Spanning 12-18 months on an apprenticeship learning route (Level 4 in England), you’ll get to experience every aspect of how a store operates, from supply chain and sales floor to our branding and customer behaviour before becoming a Team Manager. Learn how to be a leader and build the skills to empower and get the best from your team. Imagine working with people from all kinds of backgrounds, to make every moment special for customers. Or learning the secret of balancing our huge budget.

All this takes place in your academy store base. We have over 30 academy stores across four regions so whether you see your future nearer home or further afield, there’s an option for you. Once assigned to a store, you’ll receive specialist coaching and mentoring from our retail management experts and your dedicated apprenticeship support coordinator.

Key skills and experience

  • The confidence to build, manage, and lead yourself and your team
  • Initiative, adaptability, and flexibility
  • A love of food, fashion, and all things retail
  • An understanding of how to use processes and systems to deliver more efficiently

Our School Leaver opportunities are based nationwide from Lisburn to London Colney and Longbridge to the Liffey Valley. You’ll have the chance to select your first and second choice store at the next stage of the application process.

All this is just for starters – imagine what the future holds. Become a Legend of Tomorrow. Apply today.


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