IKEA Canada Recognized as One of Canada's Top Employers
For Young People
BURLINGTON, ON, Sept. 19, 2011 /CNW/ - Today, IKEA Canada has been
honoured with being named one of Canada's top employers for young
people by Mediacorp. This competition recognizes the employers that
lead the nation in helping college and university graduates make the
transition from school to work. IKEA was recognized for offering
appealing perks and benefits for young people, and also for offering
the best opportunities for ongoing career development and advancement.
"At IKEA, we pride ourselves on offering down-to-earth, straightforward
people the possibility to grow, both as individuals and in their
professional roles." Says Kerri Molinaro, President, IKEA Canada. "We
place great emphasis on training, mentoring, succession planning and
mobility so that we are developing the future leaders of our
This designation comes at a time when IKEA is focusing on developing
innovative programs designed to expand the career horizons of
IKEA's Backpacker program is a new initiative that provides a unique
opportunity to work for IKEA abroad. Backpackers are set out to gain a
broader view of our business processes by working alongside an
experienced mentor in a real life situation with a specific challenge
to solve. This creates an excellent platform to learn by experience.
Today, Canadian co-workers in the Back-packer program are working in
Italy, Turkey, Sweden, Poland, Portugal and the U.K.
IKEA co-workers are also encouraged to take responsibility for their
development and offers an educational assistance reimbursement of 75%,
for academic courses related to their career path at IKEA.
Each year, IKEA Canada publishes a Learning & Development program guide
that includes over 45 training opportunities in the form of local
in-store training, national training and specialized workshops to
develop job competence, management and leadership abilities.
All IKEA locations across Canada partner with one or more educational
institutions to offer students the opportunity to gain valuable work
experience in a retail or food service environment. Many of the co-op
students have developed successful IKEA careers as managers within the
IKEA is a leading home furnishings retailer with 280 stores in 26
countries worldwide, which are visited by 626 million people every
year. IKEA Canada has 11 stores, which are visited by over 25 million
people every year. Last year the IKEA.com websites attracted 712 million visitors. Founded in 1943, IKEA's
business philosophy is to offer a wide range of products of good design
and function at prices so low, the majority of people can afford them.
For more information visit www.IKEA.ca.
SOURCE IKEA Canada
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