People are at the heart of what we do. Our future depends on not only developing our existing employees, but also attracting new talent and providing them with opportunities to progress. We established the award-winning Bradfords Group Apprenticeship Programme in 2017. In an industry that often struggles to attract new talent, our aim is to ‘Grow our Own’, ensuring we have a continued talent pipeline.
Our apprentices receive a focussed training programme which allows them to become multi-skilled in their role. Their clear development programmes have ensured that all our apprentices have made an impact and valuable contribution from the start.
Apprentices have given us focus on our roles and how we develop people. Managers are focussed on the benefits of having an apprentice; the opportunity to provide development and see individuals grow in confidence and experience is motivational. In addition, existing staff share their knowledge and experience with apprentices which has had a positive impact on our teams.
Only those managers who can commit and devote the time required to support a learner during their apprenticeship are given authorisation to employ one. Our apprentices receive regular performance feedback, are paid well above the national apprentice rate and receive pay reviews every six-months. Most importantly, we guarantee that they have a permanent role in our business on successful completion of the apprenticeship.
Our apprentice opportunities are advertised on our website, in our branches and on the National ‘Find an Apprenticeship’ website. If you can’t find an apprenticeship in your area, we are pleased to receive speculative CVs.
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The Builders' Merchant Journal covered our apprenticeship scheme in March 2021. Read more below: