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Begin the journey, become a legend

Your journey begins the minute you step through our doors – and into the fast-paced world of digitally enabled retail. Learning starts in your assigned Academy store, accelerates as you meet the talented people across our wide and wonderful business and magnifies as you start to show us your potential. Discover the kind of legacy you want to build on this iconic 12–18-month learning experience. Becoming a legend starts with figuring out what you can do today to fulfil a better tomorrow. Let’s take it one step a time, together.

Retail Management


Buying and Merchandising


What we look for

Being hungry to learn is more important than knowing everything already. Because we’re not looking for the finished product. We want you to show us your potential – and an enthusiasm that borders on legendary. It’s about bringing a magical mix of flexibility, spirit, drive and inquisitiveness to the table. That’s what excites us. That’s what we can help you shape into something much more. If you’ve got it, it’s time to show it. It’s time to realise the future you could have when backed by a diverse, global company like us.

Why I chose M&S

Joining M&S on the school leaver programme was the perfect way for me to springboard my career. For someone who didn’t want to go to university, the scheme has given me all the experience I needed to manage a store. I’ve learned new skills and realised ones that I didn’t even know I had. During the training programme I’ve worked in four different stores, across all store roles, as well as having the opportunity of two placements in the support centre: one in retail communications, and another in the Brexit team. Now, I’m a Store Manager of a high street store with both foods and clothing products. I’ve learned how to lead a team, run a commercial operation, and get ahead of my friends on the career ladder – even those who went to university!

James, School Leaver

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