Dressing in Blue and Yellow Just Got Better Looking

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 organization today."

This designation comes at a time when IKEA is focusing on developing innovative programs designed to expand the career horizons of coworkers.

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 organization.

About 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 www.IKEA.ca.


For further information:

Madeleine Löwenborg-Frick
Public Relations Manager
IKEA Canada
905-637-9440 x6378


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