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IT students visit Waitrose head office

Students working on a project to design new features for Waitrose’s ‘QuickCheck’ scan as you shop service visited the supermarket’s head office in Bracknell.

Waitrose devised a packed schedule for the day so that the Reading College students could see and experience as much as possible in order to help them with their project. The activities included an innovation challenge, a tour of the office and warehouse, and a session with the IT service centre team. The Waitrose team were incredibly impressed with how well the students engaged with the innovation challenge and founds their insights really valuable.

One of the students is hoping to secure a work experience placement with Waitrose following the visit and is also exploring the idea of joining Waitrose’s apprenticeship scheme.

Alex Warner, Career Pathway Director at Activate Learning, said: “It’s great to see the project developing and to see our students’ progress. We are incredibly pleased to be working with Waitrose and are grateful to them for giving our students such a fantastic experience of a real working environment and the challenges faced on real projects. I’m looking forward to seeing their final work at the end of the project.”