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Celebrating apprentices at Travis Perkins

05 Mar

Apprenticeships aren’t just for 16-year-old school leavers. They provide an innovative and practical approach to studying which supports those with multi-facilitated learning styles and offers the potential of earning while you study. Despite general misconception, apprenticeships aren’t an ‘easier’ option either. They come in a variety of expertise levels – like all other forms of education –ranging from 1 to 7 with levels 4-5 being equivalent to a foundation degree and 6-7 to a bachelor’s or master’s degree. As an alternative to university, they provide similar levels of education as well as several years of practical work experience and none of the debt, as most apprenticeships are paid on top of receiving work benefits and student discounts.

What’s more, those who undertake apprenticeship programmes tend to genuinely enjoy them. 87% of higher apprentices (levels 4-7) are satisfied with their apprenticeships and 90% of level 2-3 apprentices find their training very relevant to their career, according to an apprenticeships report released by the Department for Education. In honour of National Apprentice Week, we at Travis Perkins would like to celebrate the wonderful success stories that have come from our own apprenticeships.

Internal recruiter to team leader

Katy joined Travis Perkins in 2013 as an internal recruiter for marketing, commercial, HR, legal, property and head office support positions. After being put forward for the ‘Managing a Team Level 3 Apprenticeship’ by her manager who noticed her talent and hard work, Katy readily accepted.

“The first module in the 12-month programme is all around developing ‘me’. It’s research on unconscious bias, so I’m learning more about diversity and inclusion and how that’s applied in our company strategy and operating plan,” Katy says.

Our apprenticeships in management are focused on technical and soft skills which means our apprentices are taught theoretical and practical skills essential in the modern world of work.

After completing the apprenticeship, which is available to anyone in a first line management position, Katy was awarded a Chartered Institute of Management qualification. Katy now manages her own team and recruits for kitchen designer, assistant branch manager, telesales and branch manager positions.

Shop supervisor to Regional Apprentice Mentor

Chantel became interested in management after working as a shop supervisor whilst doing her A-levels. After completing her schooling, she began a management apprenticeship with Travis Perkins.

“During my programme, I was promoted to Assistant Branch Manager which was a massive success for me — I hadn’t considered that I could progress so quickly whilst I was still learning new skills through my programme,” Chantel recalls.

Apprenticeships offer great career progression opportunities as their curriculum is based on hands-on, practical experience. We instil confidence in our hard-working apprentices by trusting them with positions of responsibility.

After completing the course, Chantel was promoted to a regional apprenticeship mentor position which allows her to share the knowledge and skills she learned in her own education to new apprentices.

Royal Marine to joining the building trade

After being a customer of Travis Perkins, Frankie decided to research the management apprenticeship we offer in order to progress his career in the building trade.

Frankie spoke of his experience, stating:

“As well as learning new skills, I’ve also learned a lot about myself since joining the scheme. This has really helped me improve my existing relationships at TP and forge new and successful partnerships with our customers and suppliers. One of the best things about the job is definitely the variety. I could be washing down a digger one minute and dealing with sales calls in the office the next!”

Frankie found that the apprenticeship not only taught him valuable new skills but also more about his own professional capabilities, which prompted him to widen his career horizons. Frankie now takes care of tool hire invoicing and admin compliance — he hopes to develop into a tool hire manager position in the near future.

Apprenticeships with Travis Perkins

We offer a range of apprenticeships from level 2-5 and are planning to launch level 6 and 7 apprenticeships in management over the next 18 months. If you’re interested in a career in supply chain, finance, IT or HR, consider beginning your journey with Travis Perkins today. Read through more of our success stories on our blog.

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