DEPUTY Manager for Tesco Antrim, Robert Mullen, has spring-boarded his career with Tesco by gaining a Foundation degree. Robert, completed his Foundation degree in Retailing.
A Foundation degree is a recognised Higher Education qualification in its own right and offers a progression route to an Honours degree at University. The study methods of a Foundation degree can be very flexible, which means that they are available to people already in work, those wishing to embark on a career change and to those who have recently completed level 3 qualifications (eg: A levels, Advanced Apprenticeships or NVQ3).
Employment and Learning Minister, Dr Stephen Farry said: “Foundation Degrees are higher education qualifications that combine academic study with on-the-job experience. This mix can help boost students’ skills and career prospects whilst benefitting employers and their business. This means Foundation degree students graduate with a very specialised set of skills designed to meet the specific needs of employers in a particular sector. Foundation Degrees help learners to improve their career prospects by equipping them with the academic knowledge and sector specific skills required to progress in the workplace.
After completing the course, Robert got signed onto the Senior Management trainee program and went on placement as a Customer Service Manager to Carrickfergus Tesco Extra store. After a successful placement and appointment to this role, a year later he was permanently appointed to the position of Deputy Manager and now holds this position in the Antrim Tesco Extra store.
Robert said: “A Foundation degree is a great way to continue in education. It has the flexibility to suit anyone, as a student you can work full time or part time alongside it. This opens up opportunities for those who do not want to be full time students. Being able to work means that you are also gaining first hand experience in business and gaining confidence, whilst putting your skills and knowledge into practice.
“Completing the Foundation degree allowed me to develop my career in Tesco whilst studying and gaining a qualification and I feel that the qualification is a great opportunity for anyone who is currently employed. The decision to complete a degree can be a difficult one if it means giving up a secure job and income but the Foundation degree allows you to ‘earn while you learn.”
Foundation degrees are designed and delivered through partnerships between employers, universities and further education colleges and are available in a wide range of subjects. Further information about Foundation degrees is available at www.nidirect.gov.uk/foundation.