BURLINGTON, ON, Sept. 25, 2012 /CNW/ - IKEA Canada announced today that
the retailer has been named one of Canada's Top Employers for Young
People by Mediacorp for the second consecutive year. This competition
recognizes Canada's leaders who effectively attract and retain younger
employees to their organizations.
"More and more people are recognizing that retail is a great industry to
build a career. At IKEA, we continue to attract ambitious young people
by offering exceptional leadership opportunities within many areas of
our business," says Kerri Molinaro, President of IKEA Canada. "With one
of the lowest turnover rates in the retail industry, we believe it is
our strong culture and values that attract young IKEA enthusiasts. We
offer the opportunity to pursue an exciting and fulfilling career with
a global company, which is what keeps them with us."
The IKEA Backpacker initiative is one of the many unique professional
development programs for younger co-workers that are offered by IKEA.
This program provides co-workers with the opportunity to travel for a
year and work alongside an experienced mentor in different store
locations around the world. Today, Canadian Backpackers have gained
practical hands-on experience working in Turkey, Sweden, UK, Portugal,
Poland, Italy, Belgium and Russia.
Each year, IKEA Canada publishes a Learning & Development program guide
that includes a myriad of unique training opportunities in the form of
local in-store training, national training and specialized workshops to
develop job competence, management and leadership abilities. Co-workers
are also offered an educational assistance reimbursement of 75 per cent
for academic courses related to their career path at IKEA.
IKEA co-workers also have opportunities to expand their professional
development by working on one of several expansion projects such as new
store build-ups and store re-locations. Co-workers on these teams gain
leadership skills, knowledge and experience critical for their next
career advancement within IKEA.
With many different types of jobs within this global company, the
possibilities for personal and professional growth are endless. When
co-workers are ready for a new challenge or a new career direction it's
available within IKEA, not outside IKEA.
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
SOURCE: IKEA Canada
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