Jun. 2, 2010 (Canada NewsWire Group) --
Canada's largest grocery retailer recognized for colleague initiativesLoblaw Companies Limited (Loblaw), Canada's largest grocery retailer, has been named one of Canada's Top Employers for
"At Loblaw we are proud to be recognized as one of Canada's Top Employers for
Through innovative programs, Loblaw has created a supportive work environment that provides colleagues with the resources and tools they need to help build and strengthen their career. This includes scholarships, tuition reimbursement, training and development and colleague engagement programs.
One example of a unique training program is the grad@Loblaw program. Launched in 2009, grad@Loblaw is an 18-month paid rotational program for recent university and college graduates. Graduates are hired as full-time salaried colleagues and work in various store management positions, or at the corporate level in merchandising, supply chain and other departments.
Through this program, graduates have exposure to a number of different areas giving them a holistic view of the Company and how the grocery industry works. Loblaw is committed to hiring 1,000 graduates into the program from 2009 to 2013, in an effort to build an additional pipeline of future talent. For more information about the grad@Loblaw program, please visit www.loblawgrad.ca.
"One of the things I like most about the grad@Loblaw program is the chance to experience different areas of the business from stocking shelves to merchandising to being a part of a store management team," said Celia Pizzanelli, grad@Loblaw graduate, Loblaw Companies Limited. "I have had the opportunity to work with colleagues from different departments and levels, giving me a unique perspective of the grocery retail industry and what makes Loblaw such a success."
Among the initiatives that helped Loblaw earn its place on Canada's Top Employers for
<< - Scholarship Program: Loblaw offers post-secondary school scholarship programs in each region for colleagues and family members entering full-time study at an accredited Canadian university or college. In 2009, more than 200 individuals received awards ranging from $750 to $5,000. Colleagues and their family members must meet certain requirements as outlined in the application process. - Tuition Reimbursement: For colleagues wishing to extend their studies, Loblaw offers a tuition reimbursement program to support career development and growth and provide colleagues with the skills and knowledge they need to progress their careers. Colleagues must meet certain requirements as outlined in the application process. - Training and Development: Loblaw operates 14 Learning Stores across the country where store colleagues are trained in all corporate store departments. Learning Stores are fully equipped store models that act as training hubs for learning new skills and helping colleagues excel. The Loblaw Virtual Learning Centre (LVLC), an online portal, provides colleagues with instant access to courses and materials such as job aids and training manuals. The LVLC is a great opportunity for colleagues to develop new skills to move up the job ladder. - Colleague Engagement: Twice every year, more than 100,000 colleagues complete a confidential survey titled tell it as it is. The survey allows colleagues to provide feedback about their current role, their manager and the Company. Once the survey analysis is complete, results are shared with colleagues. Colleagues are then given the opportunity to participate in survey action planning teams to address concerns and move great ideas forward. Loblaw also created Ask Galen, an online forum that encourages colleagues to email executive chairman, Galen G. Weston, to voice their opinions and concerns about the business. Colleagues have the option to remain anonymous and responses are issued within seven business days. >>
Being a great place to work is one of five Loblaw corporate social responsibility pillars that shape the way Loblaw approaches business. The other pillars include Respect the Environment, Source with Integrity, Make a Positive Difference in our Community and Reflect our Nation's Diversity.
Launched in 2001, Canada's Top Employers for
Employers are evaluated based on the following criteria: (1) Benefits such as tuition assistance and the availability of co-op or work-study programs; (2) Employer mentorship and training programs, including benefits, such as bonuses paid when employees complete certain courses or professional designations; (3) Career management programs; (4) Average age of employees at each employer to better understand the composition and profile of their workforce.
About Loblaw Companies Limited
Loblaw Companies Limited, a subsidiary of