John Lewis has announced it will be recruiting more than 100 apprentices for its 2013 / 2014 retail apprenticeship programme. The scheme is in its second year and the retailer has been pleased with its results. Laura Whyte, personnel director at John Lewis, said: “Last year’s apprentices have hit the ground running, and the programme has been a huge success for the business. It’s fantastic that we can increase the number of new recruits by 25 per cent for the second year, in line with the targets we set. Our aim for the programme has always been to give young people a genuine alternative to university and importantly, provide them with the skills and knowledge to set them on the path for a long-term career in retail.” In 2012 John Lewis recruited 80 apprentices and in the future hopes to launch a technology apprenticeship aimed at training the next generation of IT and systems leaders in business.