Greggs has launched an apprenticeship scheme to fast-track its national expansion plans and develop the next generation of retail talent.

Newcastle-headquartered Greggs has teamed up with local training provider Gateshead College to deliver the initiative, which will see 120 apprentices in eight locations across the country trained in retail service or retail management. Around 20 apprentices will be based at sites in Tyne & Wear and County Durham, while others will be located in Norfolk, Bristol, London, Greater Manchester, Yorkshire and the Midlands. 

This is Greggs’ latest foray into the world of apprenticeships. Following a competitive tender process, the company selected Gateshead College as its preferred training provider and together the two organisations will work together to deliver the programme. They will train apprentices to an industry-defined standard, which replaces traditional qualification frameworks and requires staff to demonstrate specific skills, competencies and personal attributes when carrying out their day-to-day jobs. 

The scheme was launched to help Greggs develop a new pipeline of skills that can support its future growth plans, which include the opening of more outlets in the South West of England and Northern Ireland.