learndirect has partnered with Co-op for more than five years and in this time we’ve helped more than 2,500 employees in gaining a recognised qualification. These qualifications have been delivered across Co-op funeralcare, food, general insurance and head office functions, with learners across the UK.
We worked together along with the Sector Skills Council and Awarding Bodies to create a brand new Apprenticeship Framework for the Co-op's funeralcare division which we began delivering in 2012. This qualification is mandatory to all new starters who complete their initial three month probation, and is now fully embedded across the business allowing for a consistent approach to training and development. We will shortly see our 1,500 funeralcare learners join the programme and more than a third have already completed.