Longevity of Service
During 2009–2010, more than 38,000 employees started work with us. Only nine of these employees were sourced internationally for specialist roles. In addition, permanent part-time and full-time opportunities increased, with a reduction only in casual employment.
16% of all employees have more than 10 years of service and 46% of Executives have been with the Company for 10 years or more. In addition, over 5,400 past and present employees across Australia, New Zealand, India and Hong Kong are members of the 25-Year Club.
The nature of retailing means a high proportion of our people join us on a casual basis, often as teenagers new to work. A range of pathways allow these new employees to build their careers with us, develop their skills and then convert to permanent employment when it suits their personal circumstances. We have many programs to support them, including school-based and certificate traineeships and apprenticeships.
Likewise, a number of pathways exist for store staff to progress to management roles, including the Store Management Trainee Program and the Woolworths Graduate Program.
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