Majid Al Futtaim Retail, which owns and operators Carrefour supermarket in Kenya, has announced the launch of its transformative retail graduate programme in collaboration with 12 top universities across six countries including Kenya. The other countries are Egypt, Georgia, Jordan, Pakistan, and the United Arab Emirates.
With a commitment to promote gender diversity, Majid Al Futtaim Retail aims to empower and recruit 75 nationals for its regional Carrefour operations, targeting 50% of the positions for talented female candidates.
Under the programme, selected candidates will undergo an intensive 24-month on-the-job training, which includes rotations across in-store operations, e-commerce and merchandise functions, among others.
Majid Al Futtaim Retail management says this holistic approach ensures a comprehensive learning experience that equips participants with a deep understanding of the diverse aspects of a modern retail operation. Upon successful completion of the programme, graduates will be provided with the opportunity to secure full-time supervisory-level positions within Carrefour.
In Kenya, Majid Al Futtaim Retail has partnered with the University of Nairobi and Strathmore University, says Mr Christophe Orcet, Regional Director of Carrefour – East Africa, Majid Al Futtaim Retail.
Through these strategic collaborations, Majid Al Futtaim Retail will establish a collaborative platform that attracts top talent, facilitating the development of a qualified workforce. Mr Orcet says initiative not only strengthens Majid Al Futtaim Retail’s position as an investor in local talent development, but also actively contributes to supporting local communities and economies while developing working relationships with educational institutions.
“The retail graduate programme represents our dedication to supporting the young generation in kickstarting their careers in the retail industry,” Mr Orcet says. “By offering comprehensive on-the-job training and exposure to different facets of the business, we aim to fast-track the career progression of these graduates and build a strong leadership pipeline for the future of retail.”
He said Majid Al Futtaim Retail believes in investing in young Kenyan talent and providing them with the tools and resources they need to thrive, adding that the retail graduate programme is designed to foster professional growth and development.
“This programme serves as a testament to our dedication to Kenya’s vision to engage the young talent and create growth opportunities for them, building on our efforts towards nurturing tomorrow’s retail leaders,” added Mr Orcet.
Interested candidates are invited to submit their applications before 31 August 2023. The courses are available for nationals, and are scheduled to begin on 1st October 2023.
This collaborative effort between Majid Al Futtaim Retail, the University of Nairobi and Strathmore University aims to connect academia and industry, fostering growth and innovation in the retail sector.