MORRISONS plans to hire more than 500 paid apprentices over the next 12 months to work on its meat, fish and bakery counters.
The move comes just days after Tesco announced plans to scrap fresh counters from 90 stores affecting 9,000 jobs.
All Morrisons apprenticeships are paid, but the supermarket told The Sun it’ll specify exact wages once the job descriptions go live in the spring.
The apprentices will also be paid for travel and accommodation as well as receive on the job training.
Roles will be open to both new and existing members of staff.
Bakers will be taught how to make bread in the traditional way – from flour and water – while butchers and fishmongers will learn how to to provide specific portions of meat and fish.
The supermarket said it’s planning to invest in its fresh food counters amid growing customer demand and to “preserve traditional skills that otherwise might be lost from the high street”.
The company already employs 10,000 skilled foodmakers in its stores.
Clare Grainger, people director at Morrisons, said: “This investment in craft skills is so important because our customers want food that is made fresh each day.
“Many want to buy a particular joint, or to vary the slices of meat from the deli, have fat trimmed, bones removed, or advice on how to cook and prepare food.
“By ensuring our foodmakers are qualified experts we can serve our customers better and provide products and advice that our customers enjoy.”
Defence giant BAE is currently hiring 700 new apprentices – an increase of 30 per cent compared to last year.
Alton Towers has also launched a recruitment drive for 2,000 positions ahead of the 2019 season, including rides assistants, actors and security.
Meanwhile, thousands of Aldi workers will get a pay rise from February, which will see their wages boosted by up to £2,725 a year.
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