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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.

Applications for entry to our 2020 Graduate programme will open later this year. If you have any questions or would like to register your interest please contact


 Graduate.Programme@midcounties.coop

Job Title Business Transformation Manager
University Staffordshire University
Degree Business Management
Location Home – Chipping Campden. Work – Warwick
Hobbies Hiking with my husband and 3 working dogs, photography, spending time with friends and family.
Favourite Aspect of Midcounties The people
Favourite Midcounties Product / Service Energy’s Colleague Rate!
Time at Midcounties 7 and a half years

 

What attracted you to the Midcounties Graduate Scheme?

The diversity of the scheme and the fact that it offered such a wide range of projects. I wasn’t sure of exactly which direction I wanted to go in, so the fact that the scheme offered such a wide range of experiences across the various Trading Groups really appealed to me when I finished my degree.

 

How was your journey through the Midcounties Graduate Scheme?

Whilst doing my degree I worked in one of our Food Retail stores and I was absolutely thrilled to have been successful for the graduate scheme. Over the 2 years I spent on the scheme, I experienced projects in Funeralcare, Food Retail, Healthcare, Energy, HR and Finance. My favourite project was acting as Business Change Manager for the IFS integrated HR and Finance system, it really pushed my professional development and challenged me as a person.

 

I also really enjoyed all of the opportunities outside of the projects I was working on, such as taking part in the Society’s Green Pioneers Programme and even having the chance to present to other co-operatives around the world at the International Co-operative Alliance’s Youth Conference in Bulgaria.

 

Since the graduate scheme, I’ve worked in HR as a Projects Advisor and a Policy and Risk Analyst. I really enjoyed working for a Support Service and understanding all of the work that goes in behind the scenes to run this big, diverse business. I am now working in our Childcare Trading Group as a Business Transformation Manager and again, I am enjoying the challenge of something new.

 

The graduate scheme really aided my career at Midcounties, giving me the exposure and experience that I needed to move in to a variety of roles. I look forward to what the future holds and to see what other opportunities come about, and I will always be grateful for my time on the scheme as it gave me the platform to develop into the colleague I am today. 

 

What would you say to any potential applicants?

The graduate scheme was the best career move I made!

 

Job Title Customer First Analytics Manager
University Northumbria University
Degree Business Studies
Location Warwick Head Office
Hobbies Football, Golf, Food
Favourite Aspect of Midcounties Diversity of Groups
Time at Midcounties 2 years

 

What attracted you to the Midcounties Graduate Scheme?

Honestly, the location originally attracted me the most as I was moving to the West Midlands. It wasn’t until I started conducting my research into Midcounties that I started to realise why it was so different. Two main things stood out for me when I was first applying for the scheme. The first being the incredible amount of time and effort the Society spends on supporting the local communities it operates in. The second being the variety of different projects the scheme offers due to the diverse range of trading groups operating as Midcounties Co-operative.

 

How was your journey through the Midcounties Graduate Scheme?

Overall, my journey on the scheme has been a very positive one. I have conducted a variety of different projects within Support Services including PSG, Health & Safety, Learning and Development and Membership. I have also been lucky enough to experience two different trading groups including Childcare, and most recently, Food Retail. It’s hard to pick a favourite as I’ve enjoyed most projects for different reasons.

 

If I was to choose a favourite based on the impact I have delivered, it would have to be the project in Learning and Development. I project managed the design, implementation and phase one roll out of the new Performance and Progression Review (PPR) for the Society. This involved embedding the 9 Box Grid Model into a new performance measurement tool whilst still maintaining the DOES values of the Society. The first phase of this project was rolled out successfully with the collaborative work of various different stakeholders including Learning and Development Leads from each trading group, colleague focus groups, Business Change Group and the Colleague Board.

 

My final project was working within Food Retail under the Head of Business Transformation.  It was recognised that a significant number of reports were being generated as part of the Customer First programme with limited feedback and review processes in place. The project was to conduct a full assessment of all these reports to assess their suitability and whether they were fit for purpose. As a result of this project, I created the role of Customer First Analytics Manager, which I am proud to say I have been appointed to. The scheme allowed me to experience a number of different areas of the Society, each of which allowed me to develop and enhance my knowledge in different ways. As a result, I have a good, well-rounded knowledge of the Society and its trading groups, built strong working relationship with key stakeholders both within the Society and externally. All of which has facilitated my career interests and equipped the beginning of a successful career with Midcounties.

 

What would you say to any potential candidates?

The scheme offers a fantastic opportunity to kick-start your career, regardless of what direction that is. The culture and environment is completely different to any other business I have worked in. Everyone helps everyone and nothing is ever too much.

 

Job Title Energy Forecasting Analyst
University Sheffield Hallam
Degree Business and Marketing
Location Warwick
Hobbies Trail Running
Favourite Aspect of Midcounties The importance placed on Members as Owners
Favourite Midcounties Product / Service Co-op Energy’s 100% Green Energy
Time at Midcounties 2 years

 

What attracted you to the Midcounties Graduate Scheme?

The opportunity to spend time in a variety of job roles and trading groups attracted me to the scheme. Ultimately, I believed that this would provide me with a solid foundation of both skills and experience, along with identifying an interesting career path.


How was your journey through the Midcounties Graduate Scheme?

During my graduate scheme journey I spent time in six different areas of the business; Childcare, Funeral, Food, Branding, I.T and Membership. The graduate scheme will challenge you deliver a benefit to the business on each project you undertake. I was responsible for high profile projects which included integrating a new nursery chain into the business, analysing the cost to deliver our funeral offering and deploying new security system across the entire business estate. 

 

The graduate scheme enabled me to secure an analyst position with the Hedging and Renewables team at Co-op Energy. The Hedging and Renewables team is made up of industry experts who are highly skilled and work in a dynamic manner. My current responsibilities include short-term power trading, producing market reports and accuracy reporting.


What would you say to any potential applicants?

I couldn’t recommend the scheme enough. You will be tasked with challenging projects which will rapidly develop your professional and personal skillset. 

Job Title Trainee Graduate
University University of Warwick
Degree Business Management (Hons)
Location Warwick
Hobbies Running, socialising with friends and travelling.
Favourite Aspect of Midcounties Our social responsibility and the work we do to help build strong local communities
Favourite Midcounties Product / Service Travel
Time at Midcounties 1 year

 

What attracted you to the Midcounties Graduate Scheme?

The Midcounties graduate scheme offered experience in a diverse range of trading areas and promising development opportunities. Our values, community support and the way co-operatives run appealed to me. We place our colleagues, members and the community at the heart of everything we do.

 

As well as a fun and exciting working environment, I was seeking a challenge, responsibility and opportunities in terms of both development and experience. The graduate scheme provides all of this and more due to the a variety of projects in so many sectors where I could learn, make a difference and add value to different business groups.

 

How was your journey through the Midcounties Graduate Scheme?

I have worked on four varied and challenging projects and began my time at Midcounties in Food Retail. My first project involved supporting the setup of labour schedules for our Food stores in Kronos, our time management system. My second project allowed me to get creative. I built two eLearning modules, one for managers and the other for all colleagues, on our Team Midcounties Strategy that encompassed diversity and inclusion, wellbeing and engagement. I then continued to use my creative skills but moved onto a completely new project working in the Learning and Development team to design and create Manager and Leadership Induction Pathways. Now I’m embarking on my fourth project working in our Travel Group on new branch acquisitions, refurbishments and a new uniform project. It’s impossible to pick a favourite project, they are all so diverse and I loved working in each of the different teams.

 

Since starting the graduate scheme I’ve also enjoyed many volunteering and fundraising opportunities. Back in April I, along with four other Midcounties colleagues, ran the London Marathon and collectively raised £13k for the Outward Bound Trust. I also spent a week volunteering to participate in The Green Pioneers Expedition, a programme designed to teach secondary school children how to develop green habits and highlight environmental issues.

 

What would you say to any potential candidates?

If you’re looking to grow as an individual, to build lasting relationships and to make a real impact in not only the place you work but also in the wider society, this grad scheme is for you.

Job Title Graduate Trainee
University University of Birmingham
Degree Law
Location Warwick
Hobbies Spending time with family & friends, swimming and travelling
Favourite Aspect of Midcounties The people
Favourite Midcounties Product / Service Best of our Counties
Time at Midcounties 1 year

 

What attracted you to the Midcounties Graduate Scheme?

The scheme itself. I wasn’t entirely sure what I wanted to do after graduating, and Midcounties presented the opportunity to do 6 projects across a diverse range of business areas which really appealed to me.

 

How was your journey through the Midcounties Graduate Scheme?

I’m currently on my fourth project within the grad scheme. So far, I’ve had projects in CIT, Membership, Internal Marketing (helping to create and develop the Colleague Website) and Food. One of the best things about the grad scheme is the opportunities I have been given;  presenting to our Leadership and Executive colleagues, networking with a wide range of colleagues within the business and  working with the Group CEO on his blog, to name a few.

 

The grad scheme hasn’t always been easy and has pushed me outside my comfort zone at times. However I’ve enjoyed all my projects so far and have loved how different they have all been and the opportunity I have had in each to learn, develop and improve. My favourite project so far is the one I’m currently working on, developing a communication and engagement plan for our Food colleagues. It’s involved me pulling together all my learnings so far throughout the grad scheme and has allowed me to experience a lot more opportunities.

 

What would you say to any potential candidates?

I would definitely recommend the scheme. The projects on the grad scheme allow you to make a real impact on the Society and ensure you have exposure to a wide range of colleagues and opportunities. This allows you to learn, develop and pave the way for your future career. 

Job Title Graduate Trainee
University University of the West of England
Degree Business Management
Location Warwick
Hobbies Football, socialising and occasional pilates
Favourite Aspect of Midcounties The hard work we do in our local communities
Favourite Midcounties Product / Service Best of Our Counties
Time at Midcounties 1 Year

 

What attracted you to the Midcounties Graduate Scheme?

As a business graduate with a wide-range of interest, the Midcounties grad scheme stood out to me as it has the variety I needed to find the right career path for me.

 

How was your journey through the Midcounties Graduate Scheme?

I’m currently just over halfway through the grad scheme and have had the opportunity to work in a number of areas. I started off in Food working within the refit team, this was a wonderful experience as I got to see the business from a strategy level and then right down to how that strategy was implemented in each store. Whilst in the refit team I created a sales analysis tool for predicting potential sales when looking at refits, I’m proud to say the team still use my tool today and have made a real difference.

 

My second rotation was a research-based project together with the other graduates which would influence the business decisions around membership, from the top-down. We then had the opportunity to present our recommendations to our CEO and Executives which was a great experience and really helped to improve my presentation skills.

 

My third project has carried over into my fourth rotation, working with the Central Marketing team I have delivered a brand new colleague website, manage content and feedback on a daily basis and have been given great exposure across the business – I even presented at our Leadership Conference to 100 of our top business leaders!

 

What would you say to any potential applicants?

As someone who did not know what they wanted to do before applying for the scheme, I have now developed my skills and now have a much clearer idea of where I would like my career to go. So in terms of development, opportunities and responsibility, I could not recommend this scheme enough.

Job Title Workforce Management Application Manager
University Aston University
Degree BSc Hons International Business and Economics
Location Co-operative House, Warwick
Hobbies Yoga and cooking
Favourite Aspect of Midcounties The people I work with. Everyone is always happy to help.
Favourite Midcounties Product / Service Our Best of our Counties range. The products are really unusual and it’s hard to resist the in-store bakery counters.
Time at Midcounties 7 years

 

What attracted you to the Midcounties Graduate Scheme?

When leaving uni I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do, so the variety of experience the Graduate Scheme offered really attracted me, helping me understand what I enjoy.

 

How was your journey through the Midcounties Graduate Scheme?

Whilst on the scheme I completed projects in almost every department from launching an online pharmacy to working with social housing landlords on creating an Energy deal that would work for their tenants to creating pricing strategies for in our Food stores. No two projects were the same and throughout the scheme I developed a varied network across the whole business.

 

Since leaving the scheme I have done a variety of roles including Healthcare Services Development Manager, Area Manager role and my now current role of Workforce Management Application Manager. The skills I learnt as a graduate have given me all the tools I need to succeed in these roles.

Job Title Area Manager
University Coventry
Degree English
Location Post Office
Hobbies N/A
Favourite Aspect of Midcounties Diversity
Favourite Midcounties Product / Service Post Office (of course)
Time at Midcounties 6 Years

 

What attracted you to the Midcounties Graduate Scheme?

The thing that attracted me most to the scheme was the diversity of projects and the business as a whole. I thought it was fantastic to be able to have the opportunity to work in different trading groups as this would allow me to develop my existing skills or learn new ones in areas I had very little or no knowledge about. My previous experience was in Retail which I’ve always been passionate about but I’ve also love a challenge and therefore thought this scheme would be perfect for me. It also came highly recommended by my older sister who joined Midcounties via the scheme before me.

 

How was your journey through the Midcounties Graduate Scheme?

My journey was mostly positive – I think I was really lucky on the whole to have been given projects that I could really get stuck into and more importantly, make a difference – that was important to me, to feel like I was adding value.

 

I’ve got a few favourite projects but I’d probably say my favourite is the one that led me to where I am now - in multi-site management. It was to be my last placement and I had thought for a while about wanting a ‘live placement’ where I would be directly responsible for people and finance – I had some experience in my previous role but not at multi-site level. Our sponsor at the time was the Deputy Chief Executive and in my review I just asked him if it were possible as it was something I was really passionate about – now here I am 4 years later!

 

The most challenging project I had was in Funeral where I was tasked with creating a Market Leading Showroom to showcase our Memorial product range. I found this extremely difficult as the project brief was mainly around completing Market Research – as someone who can adapt quite easy to different tasks, I hated this as I just found it boring! However, like all journeys there are ups and downs and I feel that I definitely learned the most about myself from this experience looking back now.

 

What would you say to any potential candidates?

Midcounties is a family and a business like no other, one that DOES truly live and breathe its values – Democracy, Openness, Equality and Social Responsibility. I’ve had the pleasure of working here now for 6 years and watched our Society expand – becoming a £1 Billion pound business for example. If you’re looking for a dynamic, diverse ‘big company’ that operates with a ‘small business’ mentality, proud of its past and excited for its future then this is the opportunity for you to become a part of that future.

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.

Applications for entry in 2020 will open later this year. To register your interest please contact


 intern.programme@midcounties.coop