Covers Timber & Builders Merchants has decided to keep three youngsters who successfully completed a one-year apprenticeship scheme, operated by the merchant in association with a number of national apprenticeship and workplace training providers.
The three successful apprentices are now working at the following Covers depots: Harry Crockett – Portsmouth, Max Langridge – Brighton and Lewis Tamblyn – Portsmouth.
During the one year training scheme, operated with the help of Smart Training and Recruiting, apprentices were given the opportunity to learn about all areas of Covers’ business, including the counter, yard and sales office, whilst also undertaking an NVQ Level 2 in Customer Service.
With continual assessment throughout, apprentices studied for product knowledge modules and where appropriate given forklift training to obtain the relevant licenses.
Crockett, who has just graduated and is now working at the Portsmouth Covers depot, said: “I started the Level 2 Apprenticeship in Customer Service in early 2013. My Smart Training Advisor knew I had expressed an interest in working in the building industry and, once they had read my CV, Covers were very interested in employing me, having employed others at their sites in the past.
“They asked me to come forward for an interview, which was a little daunting, but after performing well I secured a position as a Counter Assistant at the large Portsmouth depot. In April this year, I passed my Customer Service Level 2 Apprenticeship and have been fortunate enough to have been offered another position with Covers. I am now working towards my Customer Service Level 3 Apprenticeship to continue my way up the career ladder.”
Rhea Sampson, HR and training manager for Covers, said the company is thrilled to be keeping all three youngsters on board.
She said: “As a company, we like to invest in training our staff, to ensure that we have the very best and most talented people in our teams. Unfortunately it can be very difficult for young people to get onto the career ladder when they leave education. Our apprenticeship scheme provides a great opportunity for young people to earn while they learn – acquiring new skills and qualifications whilst gaining experience and confidence in the workplace and progressing within our business. We have a number of spaces available for our next intake of apprentices and we urge interested individuals to contact us as soon as they can.”
Covers’ apprenticeship scheme is aimed at individuals under 24 who are looking for a career offering progression – applicants must have good customer service skills and work well as part of a team.