Tesco is launching a foundation degree in retail management.
The foundation degree - awarded by the University of the Arts, London and Manchester Metropolitan University - is delivered through a combination of workshops, work-based learning and online tutorials. The first Tesco students to start the degree began their studies in September 2007 at both universities.
"The degree has been designed by business, for business, and Tesco is proud to be continuing to shape the future of training for the wider retail sector," explained David Potts, retail and logistics director, Tesco.
Members of parliament will be joined by senior figures from major retailers, sector skills councils, higher education institutions and training providers at the official launch on 23 April.
Potts added: "We have designed the foundation degree to fit the needs of Tesco, in terms of student selection, course content and delivery model, and our new students are already telling us how it meets their individual needs."
The move follows the announcement earlier this year that employees will be able to take vocational courses to A-level standard at organisations including Network Rail, Flybe and McDonald's.