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Loblaw companies give university grads some good experience

Loblaw Companies Limited (Loblaw) is looking for recent post-secondary graduates interested in a rewarding career in grocery retail. Grads can apply at www.loblawgrad.

Loblaw Companies Limited (Loblaw) is looking for recent post-secondary graduates interested in a rewarding career in grocery retail.
Grads can apply at or visit local campuses across the country where Loblaw will be hosting a series of information sessions in September and early October. Loblaw is currently accepting applications until Oct. 6, for the next group of graduates that will start the program in January 2012. More information can also be found at and the grad@Loblaw Facebook page,
One Coquitlam man who took up Loblaw's offer last year says he has learned first-hand what it takes to successfully run Canada's largest grocery retailer. "The grad@Loblaw program gave me an incredible, well-rounded experience," said Wassel Abdellaoui, a full-time colleague in the grad@Loblaw program.
During the grad@Loblaw program, graduates have the opportunity to examine how changes can be made to in-store programs and procedures to be more efficient and to learn about Loblaw strategies and approach to business. They participate in training sessions at Learning Stores, which are fully-equipped store models used for colleague skill development. As part of professional development exercises, graduates are tasked with idea generation and are given the opportunity to pitch to senior executives the merits of their ideas.
Successful candidates are hired as permanent full-time colleagues and enter into a comprehensive 18-month program that offers mentoring and hands-on experience in various parts of Loblaw business. The first five months of the program, graduates work in a Loblaw retail store, learning about store operations and how to meet the needs of customers. The graduates then spend three months in merchandising, learning about the important role of product selection and getting products to store shelves. For the remaining nine months, graduates are placed in the department they were hired to support, such as store management or a business group such as marketing, merchandising, product development, supply chain, IT, human resources, central operations or finance.
"We strive to provide the grad@Loblaw colleagues with learning opportunities and mentorship from our company's strategic leaders as we prepare them to take for their roles at Loblaw. The blend of their passion and insights and our focus on creating meaningful learning opportunities results in an incredible pipeline of talent," said Judy McCrie, executive vice-president, Human Resources and Labour Relations, Loblaw Companies Limited.
In Coquitlam, Loblaw companies include Real Canadian Superstore, Dennis' nofrills and Extra Foods.

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