Reference : 563214

Merchant Trainee

  • Sales
  • United Kingdom Woking
  • Permanent / Regular (US)
  • Posting date : 12/05/2018

Additional description

Merchant Trainee Apprenticeship – Gibbs & Dandy: Builders Merchants – Woking

Who is Local Merchant Group?

Local Merchant Group (also known as LMG) are part of a multinational organisation Saint-Gobain. We are made up of 9 Builders Merchant brands, with branches across the UK and Ireland. As Builders Merchants, it’s our job to offer a wide range of building materials to trading customers, from carpenters to tilers and ground workers to DIY enthusiasts.

The day to day role:

We are currently looking for apprentices to join our business in one of our brands, in one of our locations across England, Scotland and Wales. On our apprenticeship programme, you will join us as a Merchant Trainee, based in one of our branches. In this role you will work in a range of our departments such as the yard and the sales counter, getting to grips with our business, our customers and our products.
On a typical day you will deal with a number of our customers both face to face and on the phone. The day will be very busy, and you can expect a lot of banter with both your team and your customers as you work.

Your learning and development:

After your first 3 months with the business, you will begin your apprenticeship training. During the course, which will last between 12-18 months, you will learn more about our business, our operations and how to provide great customer service. The majority of your learning will be on the job, you will also need to study independently for a few hours a week to reinforce your new skill set.
Upon completion of the course, you will be awarded your apprenticeship qualification and will be offered a role in the organisation.

How have others found the experience?

14 apprentices joined LMG in our last apprenticeship programme. Of these 14 individuals, 11 are still with the business. Some of these individuals have described their experience below:

What was your experience of an LMG apprenticeship like?

- “The whole experience was great and worthwhile as I now have a job which I enjoy and look forward to progressing in” - Thomas, Frazer Newton Abbot
- “Overall my experience was brilliant. It was great to get into the working world and learn how the business runs” - Rebecca, Frazer Walsall

What was the highlight of your apprenticeship?

- “Going to the training centre to learn about different areas of the business and even learning how to do , tiling and plumbing” - Lewis, Frazer Newton Abbot
- “Learning how to operate counterbalance and reach forklifts. This has really helped with my confidence and motivation” - Alex, Gibbs & Dandy Luton

What advice do you have for future apprentices at LMG?

- Georgia, Gibbs & Dandy Luton – “Work hard, be willing to learn new things at all times and have confidence”
- Eleanor, Gibbs & Dandy Hereford – “Take every opportunity and have fun learning to give all our customers an amazing experience”

What do you do next?

If this apprenticeship sounds right for you, we would love to hear from you! In order to find out more and apply, please click below to register and submit your CV on our careers site. We will be in touch with you after your application to tell you about the next stages.

We wish you the best of luck!

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