Congratulations go to former Frome College student Jess McLennan who has become the youngest store manager for supermarket chain Asda.  At 21, she is in charge of 94 employees after joining the firm’s fast-track retail graduate scheme.

Jess first started working for Asda in Frome as a sales assistant when she was 19.  When she went on to study Criminology and Psychology at the University of Southampton she transferred and was promoted to section leader at a store there. 

While she was working part-time, her store manager noticed her leadership skills and encouraged her to apply for the graduate scheme which gave her training and confidence to progress.

On top of the scheme, she also gained ‘on-the-job’ experience in a variety of stores. She said “It was the practical experience that fast-tracked me into management so young and shows that Asda encourages potential (regardless of age).”

Jess’s application process involved a variety of assessments, including an online test, telephone interview and assessment days.  She spent a day in a local store and one in the Asda reality center, where she faced real life and everyday business situations. 

Jess now hopes to manage a larger store.  She says: “There are so many opportunities; I want to grab them as they come by”.

Her brother Fynn is an ambassador for College as our current Head Boy, and we hope Jess will visit College when she is in Frome.

 

 

 

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