How training and development supports business growth
A Tesco case study

Page 1: Introduction

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Tesco is the largest British retailer and is also the world's third largest grocery retailer with outlets across Europe, USA and Asia. The business began in 1919 with one man, Jack Cohen, selling groceries from a stall in the East End of London. Jack bought surplus stocks of tea from a company called T.E. Stockwell. T.E. Stockwell and Cohen combined their names to brand the tea Cohen originally...
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Page 2: Identifying training needs

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Tesco's aim to expand and diversify requires the business to have the right people, in the right place, at the right time. Many factors affect workforce planning: The opening of new stores in new locations means that Tesco must adapt to different demands made by consumers. For instance, stores in highly populated diverse areas may need to sell a high proportion of speciality goods to meet...
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Page 3: Training

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Training is the acquisition of knowledge and skills in order for a person to carry out a specific task or job. Training benefits employees in several ways: It increases their sense of ownership in the business. They become more organised, productive and flexible and are better able to meet the needs of internal and external customers. New skills and abilities in areas such as...
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Page 4: Development

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Development is about helping the person grow and extend their abilities. Tesco takes a shared responsibility approach to training and development. The trainee is primarily responsible for his or her development. Both the trainee and the line manager contribute to the programme.  Tesco employees are encouraged to ask themselves strategic questions in order to assess their skills and ability...
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Page 5: The benefits of training and development

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A business needs to monitor and evaluate the costs and benefits of its training and development activities for financial and non-financial reasons. The business needs to know if the investment in time and money is producing improvements. Employees need positive, structured feedback on their progress in order to find direction and gain confidence. This will reflect in their behaviour with customers...
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Page 6: Conclusion

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Efficient and effective training and development of employees is an essential element for Tesco's continuing growth in an increasingly commercial world. Tesco requires employees who are committed and flexible in order to aid its expansion of the business. The expansion of Tesco relies on retaining existing customers and acquiring new ones. All customers need to be confident and happy in...
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