BRAMPTON, ON, Sept. 25, 2012 /CNW/ - (TSX: L) - Loblaw Companies Limited
(Loblaw), one of Canada's largest private sector employers, has been
recognized as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People of 2012 by Mediacorp. The only grocery retailer to earn this distinction this
year, the honour recognizes Loblaw's commitment to the recruitment,
development and promotion of young talented Canadian graduates.
"We strive to recruit the most talented graduates from across the
country and to support and nurture their development throughout their
careers at Loblaw," says Judy McCrie, executive vice president, Human
Resources and Labour Relations, Loblaw Companies Limited. "We are
committed to set each of them up for long-term success by providing
them with a positive work environment and unique learning and growth
Loblaw's ability to attract and retain young workers helped make the
Company stand out from more than 2,750 nominations, Companies are
evaluated based on criteria such as work atmosphere and physical
workplace, vacation time, opportunities for young people to develop
their talents and advance in an organization, tuition reimbursement
programs and leadership courses, to name a few.
Some of the key factors that helped Loblaw earn its place as one of Canada's Top Employers of Young People of 2012:
Organizational Commitment - Loblaw is committed to recruiting the most talented graduates from
across Canada based on a combination of their academic results,
community service and passion for serving customers, for employment
opportunities throughout the organization. From store level to
distribution centres to head office, Loblaw believes that young people
bring enthusiasm, innovation and progressive thinking to the work
Since 2009, Loblaw has hired over 400 young employees into the Grad @
The Pharmacy business unit has a very comprehensive program that
supports students and graduates. Over the past two years, the
department has hired more than 300 full-time employees and interns.
Dedication to Learning & Growth - Loblaw encourages ongoing career development through online and
in-house training programs, tuition assistance, and support for
professional designations. Loblaw also offers post-secondary
scholarships for colleagues and their eligible family members.
Grad @ Loblaw Program - The program focuses on learning and development and sets up new
graduates for long-term success with Loblaw.
New graduates who are accepted enter into an 18-month rotational program
that covers multiple streams including store management, supply chain,
merchandising, marketing, IT, finance and human resources -
participants of the program receive full benefits and pay for the
duration of the program.
Grads get an up-close-and-personal feel for the business throughout
their rotations, and are supported along the way, through mentorship,
learning and networking opportunities.
Upon successful completion of the program, grads will be placed in a
role in their destination department.
Student Hires - Loblaw recruitment teams partner with a number of post-secondary schools
and alumni programs across the country to ensure that part-time and
full-time opportunities within the business are visible to students.
Working part-time provides students with flexibility and the
opportunity to earn money while attending school. Moreover, the
full-time opportunities available at Loblaw leverages a student's
post-secondary education to help grow a long term career within the
To find more information about Loblaw careers, please visit loblaw.ca/careers.
About Loblaw Companies Limited
Loblaw Companies Limited, a subsidiary of George Weston Limited, is
Canada's largest food retailer and a leading provider of drugstore,
general merchandise and financial products and services. Loblaw is one
of the largest private sector employers in Canada. With more than 1,000
corporate and franchised stores from coast to coast, Loblaw and its
franchisees employ more than 135,000 full-time and part-time employees.
Through its portfolio of store formats, Loblaw is committed to
providing Canadians with a wide, growing and successful range of
products and services to meet the everyday household demands of
Canadian consumers. Loblaw is known for the quality, innovation and
value of its food offering. It offers Canada's strongest control
(private) label program, including the unique President's Choice®, no
name® and Joe Fresh® brands. In addition, the Company makes available
to consumers President's Choice Financial® services and offers the PC®
points loyalty program.