The introduction of the apprenticeship levy in 2017 sparked IKEA’s new training ambition: to introduce apprenticeships as an opportunity to add a new way of learning that would successfully drive leadership and management progression across its UK sites. With 96% on-programme engagement across its stores, it’s done exactly that, and more.
How we created IKEA’s first leadership apprenticeship programme, Stepping Up
IKEA’s training vision from the beginning was clear – to increase its leadership talent pipeline and provide opportunities for co-workers to develop into leadership roles across IKEA’s UK sites. With a commitment to fully optimise its apprenticeship levy, IKEA looked for a like-minded external provider that could introduce a tailored apprenticeship training provision to the business.
Built from the ground-up, Lifetime and IKEA developed and launched IKEA’s first apprenticeship programme for Leadership and Management development, Stepping Up. Adding an extra dimension to its leadership and competence offer, Stepping Up provides a bespoke career pathway that aligns with IKEA’s existing growth plans and fits in seamlessly with IKEA’s ways of working.
As a result of our collaborative approach, we successfully co-created a programme that aligned the learning curriculum with IKEA' s own leadership approach. Together, we developed bespoke workshops, one-to-one delivery method and IKEA-specific activities, so Stepping Up had the perfect blend of the industry-recognised standard and the Swedish giant’s unique culture and values.