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Graduates & Interns

The Graduate Programme

Our graduate programme is a work-based training programme, employing and training new colleagues with a high potential and high level of aptitude from a wide-range of backgrounds to become advocates of co-operation, our specialist colleagues and leaders of the future.


Why Midcounties?

Here at Midcounties Co-operative, our Graduates don’t stand still. We are a values-driven Society with a proven track record of developing our colleagues to maximise their potential. You will be part of a graduate team, continuing to use and develop your skills with our expert teams. We ensure that you have the support of mentors and provide you with lots of high-profile opportunities to show us what you have accomplished through the programme.


Our Graduate Programmes are available to anyone with a passion for our values, at least a 2:2 degree in any subject and GCSEs in Mathematics and English above a grade C. It lasts two years starting from Autumn each year. You will experience working across our Trading Groups. A majority of the programme will be based in our Warwick Head Office, but you will be spending time at our other sites too.

The Intern Programme

The aim of the intern programme is to support the development and education of young people in our communities to create a pool of high calibre individuals who aim to become future colleagues within the Society.


The Midcounties Co-operative intern programme is based upon an industrial placement, allowing you to work and develop as part of our team and put some of the theory from your time in university into practice. You will also have the opportunity to share knowledge and experience with your peers on the programme.


If you perform well on the programme, there will be opportunities to progress on to our Graduate programme once you finish your degree.


Why Midcounties?

Here at Midcounties Co-operative, you will be kept busy. We are a values-driven Society with a proven track record of developing our colleagues to maximise their potential. We ensure that you have the support of mentors and will provide you with lots of high-profile opportunities to show us what you have accomplished through the programme.


Our programme is open to you if you are in your industrial placement year, have a passion for our values and GCSEs in Mathematics and English at a grade C or above. The programme lasts one year starting from Autumn of each year. A majority of the programme will be based in our Warwick Head Office, but you will be spending time at our other sites too.

Meet Our Grads

Alex Breeze

Job Title: Retail Management Graduate Trainee

University: Newman University Birmingham

Degree: Business and Management

Currently Based In: Food (Year 1)

Next Based In: Travel (Year 2)

 

Why did I want to work for Midcounties?

Prior to joining the scheme, I worked for Midcounties in Food Retail. In my tenure, I have always felt supported and valued as a colleague which further drove my interest in the Graduate Scheme. The societies’ focus on diversity and values cemented my choice in wanting to further my career with Midcounties.

 

What am I hoping to get out of this scheme?

The scheme is a great opportunity to apply what I have learned in my degree to real-world scenarios, ultimately putting theory into practice. I am hoping to enhance my knowledge in addition to my understanding of the central food operation and combine it with my current experience of the store side operations.

 

What have I enjoyed so far at Midcounties?

The induction process was a positive experience getting introduced to several different colleagues based across the multitude of businesses operated by Midcounties. I also enjoyed the site visits that were arranged, opening my eyes to the much broader society. I am enjoying my first placement within the Local Team, who have made me feel comfortable and welcome. 

 

A little bit about me:

I live in Shirley which is not too far from Solihull. I enjoy going on weekend excursions on my bike and try to hit the gym as often as possible. The local pub quiz is always a favourite for my group of friends. I am an avid film lover and try and watch all of the latest releases through Cineworld Unlimited. I enjoy playing video games mostly on PC and Nintendo Switch. My favourite games include Overwatch, Borderlands and Super Smash Bros.

How is my first placement going?

My first placement is within Food Retail where I will remain until the end of August. I finished my first project in December which was to deliver on the requirements of an internal audit. This was a great first project as it encouraged me to network with colleagues across the wider business in addition to external stakeholders.  

I am continuing to support Direct Sourcing for the foreseeable as we work towards onboarding all of the local suppliers to EDI.

I am also working on the Fit2L and capacity planning project which is due to go live in March. The premise of which is to provide our stores with a rolling 12-week view of what is taking place.

Toby, Helena and I are also working with the Supported Interns as our stretch project.

 

What has been my highlight so far?

Working with the Supported Interns on the ‘Mini Graduation’ was one of my highlights. It was nice to see how well they were all progressing and was an enjoyable event to run.  Overall the project is very rewarding to be part of.

 

What am I looking forward to in the next 6 months?

I am looking forward to the Green Pioneers residential in May where I will be camping in Aberdovey and working with Walsall Academy. I am also looking forward to attending and helping out at the Food Glorious Food Final.

 

What am I enjoying about Midcounties the most?

I find the office a pleasant environment and enjoy working with all the central food teams.  I am also enjoying my time within Direct Sourcing. They are a really great team to work with, are always supportive and have made my first six months an enjoyable experience.

Helena Reilly

Job Title: Retail Management Graduate Trainee

University: University of Leicester (Undergraduate)

Coventry University (Masters)

Degree: Management studies (Undergraduate)

Human Resource Management (Masters)

Currently Based In: Travel (12 months)

Next Based In: Food (12 months)

 

Why did I want to work for Midcounties?

The importance placed on being a socially responsible society making a difference in society by Midcounties makes it the kind of place I want to work in.

 

What are you hoping to get out of this scheme?

I want a challenging environment to develop both personally and professionally. The diversity of brands within Midcounties offers a variety of experience that I feel will challenge and develop me. Opportunities for both personal and professional development in the Midcounties retail management graduate scheme offers all these elements along with values and way co-operatives run also really appeals to me as the type of environment I feel I could thrive in.

 

What have I enjoyed so far at Midcounties?

I’ve enjoyed meeting all the other colleagues in the society and how friendly and welcoming they have been.

 

A little bit about me:

I love travelling and have taken two gap years after college to travel to Asia and Indonesia and to live in Australia. Since then, I have travelled several different countries using the summer holidays at university. So far, my favourite countries I have travelled are Sri Lanka and Vietnam.

How is my first placement going?

So far I’m really enjoying my first placement in Travel! The teams amazing to work with and extremely supportive. I’ve been given the opportunity to get involved in such a variety of projects that’s been both interesting and rewarding. I’ve also had the opportunity to take ownership on a lot of projects which had been great to see how they have developed and have added value to the business.

 

What has been my highlight so far?

So far my highlight has been presenting an update on my projects at the travel board meeting and at two managers meetings. I’ve also really enjoyed getting involved in society projects such as the supported interns.

 

What am I looking forward to in the next 6 months?

Over the next 6 months I’m excited to get involved in a variety projects, including assisting in planning and attending this year’s Travel Managers Conference, being involved in branch refits and my current project, Talk To Us, going live in travel.

 

What am I enjoying about Midcounties the most?

My favourite thing about being part of Midcounties is being part of such a diverse society with strong values. During my trading places I had the opportunity to see Midcounties values in action when I attended the Coop Difference event.

Toby Moy

Job Title: Digital and Marketing Graduate Trainee.

University: University of Warwick.

Degree: Business Management with Marketing.

Currently Based In: Travel Digital and Marketing team in Walsall.

Next Based In: Food Digital team in Warwick head office.

 

Why did I want to work for Midcounties?

I wanted to work for Midcounties because I was looking to specialise in digital and marketing. This programme provided me with the opportunity to gain exposure to these areas in a wide range of businesses such as travel, food and childcare. As well as this, the corporate social responsibility aspect of Midcounties sets it apart from other companies with initiatives such as 3 days volunteering leave.

 

What am I hoping to get out of this scheme?

I am hoping to develop my digital and marketing skills by gaining experience using specific digital programs and delivering key marketing campaigns. I am also looking forward to taking on more responsibility and enhancing my leadership skills to enable me to become a future manager within the Society.

 

What have I enjoyed so far at Midcounties?

My favourite part of Midcounties so far has been playing in the Charity Football Match against Soap Opera stars which was a great way to interact with other colleagues socially while raising money for charity.

 

A little bit about me…

I am from Norwich, but I moved to Leamington for University and I have now permanently moved to the area. When I’m not working, I like to be very active. I have climbed Mount Snowdon a few times and I do a lot of cycling and running in my spare time. I am a big fan of Arsenal FC and go to see them play 4 or 5 times a season. I’m looking for a running partner so if you are interested in joining me on a Saturday morning parkrun send me an email.In July 2019 I cycled from London to Paris for Breast Cancer Now, raising over £1000.

How did my first placement go?

My first placement was in the Travel Marketing team and it was a great experience for me. In the 2nd week of my placement Thomas Cook went into administration which meant I became very busy, very quickly. The consequence of this was that I got given a lot of responsibility and I loved it. During my time at travel, I edited a cruise magazine ‘Sailaway’ which was sent to 20,000 customers and all 57 retail travel branches. I was in charge of retail digital marketing communications; which included: delivering social posts, Facebook ads and emails. I also worked with the CRM team to segment our data and introduce automated emails pre-departure to encourage customers to buy extras such as travel money and holiday insurance.

 

What has been my highlight so far?

My highlight so far has been editing the ‘Sailaway’ magazine. I got to work with an amazing design team to produce the magazine and after spending so many days researching all things Cruise it was great to see the final product in stores in January!

 

What am I looking forward to in my next placement?

I have just started my 2nd placement in the Brand & Insights team. I am looking forward to developing the email marketing skills I have gained in my time at Travel while working on my new project and I’m looking forward to gaining a greater understanding of the brand and ensuring the brand image is consistent across the different business groups.

 

What am I enjoying about Midcounties the most?

The people. Everyone in the Society is so supportive and approachable. In both Travel and the Brand & Insights team everyone I’ve worked with has been so friendly and has given me opportunities and responsibilities that in other companies I don’t think a graduate would get.

Meet Our Interns

Fin Wills

Job Title: Marketing and Digital Marketing Intern

University: Plymouth University

Degree: Marketing (BSc Hons)

Currently Based In: Pharmacy

Next Based In: Food

 

Why did I want to work for Midcounties?

The main thing that attracted me to Midcounties is the fact they are moving towards a more digital way of working. Helping to develop this has given me the chance to develop the skills needed to get me ready for starting my marketing career.

 

What are you hoping to get out of this scheme?

I’m hoping to get experience of using a range of marketing tools, seeing how my input has an impact on the Society and having the chance to lead my own project. Getting exposure to all these will help me with completing my final year of Uni to the best of my abilities and hopefully secure a future with Midcounties by being offered the Graduate scheme once I have completed my studies.

 

What have I enjoyed so far at Midcounties?

So far, I have enjoyed seeing how all the brands operate, from what goes on in the head office, to see how individual stores are run and how certain products are made. Also, I’m excited to take part in the charity football match against the Jet 2 TV All-Stars.

 

A little bit about me:

I’m from Torquay and moving to Leamington is the first time I’ve moved out of Devon. I have been playing football since the age of 7 but never really got anywhere with it except playing for the 3rd team at Uni and being self-labelled as the best Intern/graduate at football. I enjoy watching F1, playing video games and having a pint whilst watching footy. As you can tell… I like football.

How did my first placement go?

My first placement was with Healthcare and I couldn’t have asked for anything more. The team were so welcoming from the start and all the way through they showed nothing but support for what I was doing. Some of the tasks I have been involved with are email marketing, website editing, financial reporting, competitor research and more. Although I have only been here 6 months, I have learnt so much and the experience has helped me settle quickly into a professional role.

 

What has been my highlight so far?

My highlight so far is just how friendly and welcoming everyone in the society has been since I arrived. The atmosphere of the office is so positive and I quickly felt like a part of the society. Also, I got the chance to send an email promoting our Young Co-operators Network to 300,000 young people which was an incredible experience for me to do.

 

What am I looking forward to in my next placement? 

My next placement will be with Food and I’m excited to work with a new team and meet more people. I’m also excited to learn even more about marketing and learn about new methods and software and carry on developing myself as a Marketer.

 

What am I enjoying about Midcounties the most?

The thing I have enjoyed the most is the people and how they have been supportive and given me responsibilities that I wasn’t expecting as an Intern. Everyone is so approachable and every day I find myself chatting away to someone new.

Reece Leel

Job Title: Project Management Intern

University: Birmingham City University

Degree: Law with Business Management

Currently Based In: Property Services (6 months)

Next Based In: CIT (6 months)

 

Why did I want to work for Midcounties?

I wanted to find an internship which would give me relevant business experience, and one which was also open-ended - allowing me to become multi-skilled where I can be an ‘all-rounder’ and gain experience in more than just one repetitive job role. The Midcounties seemed perfect for me, having such a wide range of brands would enable me to project manage in a variety of fields which is idyllic for my career path.

 

What are you hoping to get out of this scheme?

I am hoping to gain all the relevant experience mentioned above, and to build my confidence and networking skills. I also hope to play my role in improving efficiency within the business, particularly in property services and IT where I will be working; to prove my value to the company and hopefully secure a place on the graduate scheme once I finish university.

 

What have I enjoyed so far at Midcounties?

I have enjoyed the site visits so far, particularly in areas that I have not been to before such as Bletchingdon and Kingsmere in Oxford; seeing the developments of new stores – from being an empty shell to becoming fully merchandised.

 

A little bit about me:

I’m an easy-going yet down to earth person originally from Wolverhampton. I enjoy travelling and finding exotic places to try new foods, some of my favourites being Greek and Mediterranean. I also enjoy playing golf in my free time and exploring the British countryside, particularly places with great viewpoints such as the Malvern Hills and Much Wenlock.

How did my first placement go?

My first placement has been phenomenal, a great learning curve and work experience introducing me to a professional job role. I have completed many projects and tasks within property services which have all majorly contributed to my development. Some of my projects include: Property ServiceNow, Cost reduction/Price Standardisation and The Refrigeration & Monitoring (RDM) tender. All of which have given me the opportunity to develop, project manage and most importantly add value to the society.  

 

What has been my highlight so far?

 My highlight so far has definitely been meeting new people and making new friends with all of the lovely people in the Midcounties. Moreover, I’ve enjoyed visiting our sites and surveying them from a property point of view, whether this is positive comments or negative snagging, my attention to detail has been exponentially boosted from this. 

In Particular, visiting childcare sites has been very eye opening for me, understanding the deterioration of a building from a maintenance perspective, and essentially trying to think outside the box when it comes to ‘child-proofing’ our assets.

 

What am I looking forward to in my next placement?

I am looking forward to seeing how CIT project management entails; as property project managers tend to use the ‘PRINCE2’ methodology which focuses on one whole delivery of a project, whereas CIT project management use ‘Agile’ project management, which is a baseline delivery of a project with lots of ongoing incremental updates. I’m interested to see how this works, and which method suits my personal work style the best.

I’m also looking forward to agile working which is standard across the CIT office; I’m usually very focussed working from home when it comes to exam revision, but have never completed any employment from home, as such.

 

What am I enjoying about Midcounties the most?

There is not one singular thing I enjoy the most out of Midcounties, as there are many derivatives of enjoyment that I gain from working here, in many different aspects.

This, however, would not have been such an amazing experience if it wasn’t for the great people who work here – from the executives to the kitchen staff to the accountants – everybody is a pleasure to work with.