Builders merchant Selco Builders Warehouse has launched a management training programme to enhance the careers of hundreds of staff.
The first phase of the Selco Rising Stars campaign – which will see aspiring supervisors embark on a year-long training scheme to take the next steps to becoming potential managers of the future – has seen 125 people sign up.
The development initiative has been set up to mark Selco’s 125th anniversary and is a three-tier scheme, with silver and gold levels – for supervisors and deputy managers to progress their careers – scheduled to begin in 2021.
The bronze programme will provide successful learners with a level two nationally recognised retail qualification in conjunction with chosen training provider, Interserve Learning & Employment.
Selco’s HR development manager, Simon Ball, said: “It’s an extremely exciting project and we have been thrilled with the interest from colleagues. We anticipated 125 learners across bronze, silver and gold so to reach that number off the first phase is very pleasing.
“Rising Stars will give a high number of branch colleagues the chance to enhance their skillset and leave them well-positioned to progress their careers with Selco. We are using our Apprenticeship Levy contributions to help fund the scheme and we have selected a course with a high level of practical elements, which means that our colleagues are putting into practice their learnings on a day-to-day basis.
“We are committed to giving colleagues the chance to create a genuine career path and providing them with the skills, techniques and self-development to progress.”
The bronze award will see applicants complete 16 modules, including business management and brand reputation, customer and communication, product and services, stock and merchandising and team and performance.
There will be a combination of in-branch and classroom sessions, with the latter comprising regional and virtual sessions.