Get on board with a business that supports the up and coming work force not just today’s.
Why future talent is important to us
The future of retail is online and you could be part of a digital powerhouse with strong ambitions.
We’re looking for people who want to challenge the ordinary and aren’t afraid to do things differently. We do everything we can to nurture our millenials and generation Z to ensure the AO revolution can continue through our future talent.
AO Grads go places
A 2-year development programme to help new graduates immerse within the business, develop at a fast pace and potentially become our future leaders.
All graduates on the programme come into specific roles, but roles that will allow them to move around relevant departments for a well-rounded vision of what goes on in their area. They’ll spend time with one of our directors who sponsors the programme, having catch up sessions and a quarterly book review. They’ll take part in a business project, charity DIY SOS projects and also complete a qualification specific to their role.
It’s important that the graduates on the programme are given plenty of exposure throughout the business to gain an understanding of what AO is all about. Those that can adapt to our fast-paced environment will find lots of exciting ahead of them.
An apprenticeship is a great alternative to College or University, allowing employees to earn a wage while learning a skill and gaining a qualification. Over two years our apprentices will gain at least one qualification and take part in a number of other activities designed to support their development.
The apprentices will undertake at least one qualification at either Level 3 or 4, as well as a Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award. Amongst other activities, they’ll also present their journey to our Founder and CEO, support our yearly Christmas toy appeal and get involved in a number of projects.
At AO we have some of the very best experts in the country, so what better way to start your career than by interacting with them and learning from them while undertaking your own qualification. The results are outstanding, with a new wave of juniors every twelve months dropping into their roles after two years of development and preparation.
Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award
The Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award is an 18-month programme designed to stretch individuals, pull them out of their comfort zone and create a group of amazing, well rounded AO employees who have shared the journey and will be able to support each other as they work their way up through the business.
The DofE consists of 5 modules: residentials to knit the group together, skills to learn new things along the way, volunteering to support a good cause or charity in the local community and physical developement in preparation for their expedition. The culmination of 18 months of hard work, the final expedition takes the group into wild country for four days where they must travel by canoe from one location to another using only what they can carry. No outside assistance is allowed.
The DofE Gold award drives and pushes the individual and the group to new levels. By putting the group in situations that they wouldn’t normally be in they learn where their limits are and how to support one another. This creates an amazing, close knit group of AO er’s who will then support each other throughout their careers.
Get to know some of the Team
Grace – Digital Marketing
I joined AO as a Commercial Operations Apprentice. My team look at customer insights and use these to think of ways to change and better AO. This could be processes, our website or the customer journey.
Matt – IT
“When I first started there was so much to learn, I felt quite overwhelmed. Luckily everyone at AO is really patient and helpful and after 8 months I was leading tech projects.”
Molly – Digital Marketing
“It always keeps me on my toes knowing that AO is growing at the speed it is.”