• There’s a lot of graduate schemes out there... What made you choose us?
  • Halfords graduate scheme is realistic and rewarding. All Halfords colleagues from stores to the support centre genuinely really care about your progress and all get really involved in helping you achieve your goals. What attracted me most to Halfords was their drive to always have fun and enjoy the work. 
  • Tell us a bit about the scheme…
  • The first year of the retail scheme roughly involves 4 months in BikeHut, 4 months in Auto Leisure and 4 months at the support centre. The first year is really well tailored so that you get the hang of all departments within stores and also have a good understanding of how the logistics work at the support centre as well. At the end of the first year you are expected to be at an assistant manger level - at the end of the second year at a store manager level, and finally have potential to be at area managers level within 5 years. This plan is very fluid to be able to adapt it to the individuals needs.
  • What do you get up to on a typical day?
  • I am currently located in Bike Hut so I do stock takes, planograms, admin jobs, balancing tills etc. I deal with customers all day everyday, helping with cycle collections, repairs and orders. I am still learning a lot on Bike Hut from other colleagues who are teaching me the specifics.
  • Tell us about the best bits so far...
  • Involvement in the company auto roadshow and aspire programmes. Working with customers everyday and selling lots of kids bikes to make them happy!
  • What challenges have you faced and how did you deal with them?
  • As a women working for Halfords I am sad to say I do experience some sexist comments and attitudes towards me from customers. Male customers especially presume I cannot help them or even ask me to get another member of staff they can talk to. I deal with this by showing them I can help and hopefully gaining their confidence in me as a female employee and as a Halfords employee in general.
  • What's it really like to work here?
  • I really enjoy working for Halfords, I am able to have fun in a working environment whilst doing my job well. I have learnt so much I didn’t know about cars and bikes just in the 5 weeks I have been here. The way Halfords teaches its employees is really effective and definitely allows all of its colleagues the opportunity to have fantastic product knowledge and go on some amazing training courses as well.
  • Tell us about the training and development...
  • My personal training and development since joining has been unreal. I have attended two training courses (touring and child seats) and I am attending a course in auto awareness soon as well. As a graduate I have a massive support network for my development. I know many people in stores as well as at the support centre who are their to help with my development, I have visited the DC and I have met Jill Macdonald the CEO. I have also been invited to aspire selection interviews, divisional meetings, various conference calls and attended a goal mapping course as well. There no other graduate schemes I know that excel development to this level.
  • What's been your biggest achievement?
  • In Halfords, my biggest achievement so far I probably getting myself past all of the interviews and selection processes and gaining one of 3 places on the retail graduate scheme intake for September.
  • What do you think makes someone successful at Halfords?
  • Their attitude to succeed, be competitive, stay positive and use the tools that are provided by Halfords in terms of training and development opportunities.
  • And, to anyone thinking about applying for the scheme, what would you tell them?
  • Halfords is a great company to work for as a graduate. The opportunities for personal development are outstanding.