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Why Richard said YES to an Apprenticeship at Travis Perkins

Richard joined us as a Stock Controller two years ago at one of our Travis Perkins branches. 

With over 40 “Learn and Earn” Apprenticeship Programmes (LEAP) Richard had plenty of options to choose from. After discussing these options with his manager and the LEAP team, Richard decided to go with the Level 3 First Line Management Programme and hasn’t looked back since. 

What first attracted you to the apprenticeship programme? 

“My previous employer was an Apprenticeship provider and I got to witness first-hand how beneficial apprenticeships could supercharge people’s careers. As someone who is ambitious and keen to progress, this is what caught my attention. 

Since I’ve begun my apprenticeship, I’ve made a conscious effort to say YES to every opportunity at Travis Perkins and can confidently say I’ve grown as an individual and have made strides in my career.” 

We are proud to have been ranked 11th in Rate My Apprenticeships Best 100 Employers for 2022, the UK's leading job resource for young people seeking apprenticeships. 

How have you been supported throughout the programme and beyond? 

“My line manager, branch manager and team have been extremely helpful in answering my endless stream of questions. 

Everyone in the Travis Perkins Group works together to share knowledge and support one another so we can learn and grow together.

My apprenticeship coach and I have regular 1:1s to ensure I am on the right track and happy with how everything is going. Phil is always on hand and has made a big impact on my time at Travis Perkins.”

Did you know that every apprentice at the Travis Perkins Group is assigned an Apprenticeship Coach who delivers training, provides feedback on your progress and helps you to define your future career plans?

What’s your favourite thing about being on an Apprenticeship programme with LEAP? 

“I really enjoy the structure of the Apprenticeship as I am able to work alongside gaining my qualification. I am able to apply the knowledge I learn in my day-to-day role and turn that knowledge into skills. I’m given the freedom to figure out how to do things in my own way.” 

How has the programme set you up for success?

“The programme has not only given me confidence in myself and my decision-making skills but also made me aware of just how helpful and supportive my colleagues are.” 

Our award-winning apprenticeships are designed with you in mind. We want to set you up for a successful career. Through your apprenticeship, we encourage you to challenge the way we do things, take risks and learn what works for you. 

What has been your proudest moment since starting? 

“Since joining the Travis Perkins Group I have learned about a whole new industry, about thousands of products and found new ways of working. I can honestly say I have never been happier and my work-life balance is great.

I feel secure in my job and I am being given the opportunity to develop myself and forge my own career path. I’ve also been instrumental in shaving off over £700k of stock holding in the branch.”

Do you have any advice for someone thinking of enrolling on an Apprenticeship? 

“Stop thinking about it and just do it!” 

If you’re looking for a career change or just starting your career, we’ve got a range of Apprenticeship Programmes available in different departments and at different levels. Fully funded, and with no eligibility requirements, there’s nothing stopping you from building your career today with Travis Perkins. Explore our Apprenticeship opportunities here

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