As National Apprentice Week 2015 comes to an end, industry members continue to show their support to increase awareness and take-up of apprenticeships and traineeships.
Plumb and Parts Center head of marketing Julie McLean says it’s crucial for industry to support and encourage young people into taking up apprenticeships.
Plumb and Parts Center, and parent company Wolseley UK has continued to develop their Customer Service apprenticeships and graduate schemes.
To date the apprenticeship scheme has seen 21 apprentices go on to take full-time sales roles within one of its UK-wide network of branches, the majority in the Plumb and Parts team.
One of Plumb and Parts Center’s newest apprentices, Courtney Grant-Davidson works at the Ascot Drive branch in Derby and is 16 months into his 24-month apprenticeship which he describes as “fun and challenging”.
Mr Grant-Davidson is enjoying working at Plumb and Parts Center which he sees as a stepping-stone to his longer-term plans in sales.
He says he has learnt a lot since he joined the company where he is encouraged to ask questions, ask for help but also to use his own initiative.
When asked if he would recommend taking an apprenticeship at Plumb and Parts Center Mr Grant-Davidson said he would, especially if candidates enjoy talking to people and learning new things.