Partnership sees the launch of supermarket foundation degree
Morrisons staff are set to get the chance to improve their skills with the announcement of a foundation degree in supermarket operations.
The initiative launched by the supermarket chain and the Logistics Institute at Hull University Business School will see the store's staff obtain skills and knowledge in leadership and logistics in order to enhance the business' competitiveness.
The bespoke, part-time industry foundation degree has been formulated by the Logistics Institute alongside the University of Hull's dedicated Knowledge Exchange team and in close consultation with the major supermarket chain. It will provide cutting-edge training to the Morrisons logistics division.
Nathan Clements, HR director for manufacturing and logistics at Morrisons, said: "Efficiently moving food to our stores and customers - come rain or shine or even snow - is one of the most vital parts of any supermarket business. This degree programme will ensure that we can develop the best managers for the weekly challenge of managing a supply chain that serves 11.5 million customers every week."
The programme incorporates modules covering academic and management skills, operations management, as well in-depth leadership and logistics study. The blend of leadership and logistics modules are delivered in a block format allowing the employees to attend without impacting their employment responsibilities and a part of the course will be delivered at one of Morrisons sites to enhance the learning via on-site engagement.
The aim of this specially designed programme is to closely connect theoretical learning with the workplace environment. As part of the programme, students will tackle three business improvement projects - two from within the organisation. They will present their findings to their management team and implement positive changes within their working life.
Director of the Logistics Institute, David Grant, added: "We are delighted that Morrisons has chosen us to deliver on this programme.
"The Logistics Institute has worked hard to ensure that the programme is challenging but balanced, with plenty of support for students and good progression routes to a full degree should the students wish to continue.
"It is our belief that the chosen students will learn and progress rapidly on the programme and become a real asset to the Morrisons brand in the future."