With the recent National Apprenticeship Week aiming to encourage more young people to go down the apprentice route, the Halesowen branch of Chandlers Roofing Supplies is keen to highlight what a positive experience it can be.
Jack Duroe, aged 22, completed a successful two-year apprenticeship with the roofing supplies firm, which resulted in him being offered a job as a full-time member of the team as an Internal Sales Co-ordinator.
During his apprenticeship, Jack spent time across all departments, including the yard, the sales office and the shop. He commented:
“Working across the different areas of the business was a great way of learning about the vast amount of products that Chandlers stocks. I particularly enjoyed being customer facing and getting to know the regulars, which is an area I would like to gain more experience in and use the knowledge that I’ve learnt.
“My apprenticeship really helped broaden my knowledge of the industry and I was delighted to be offered a full-time job at the end. As you get practical hands-on experience, I would certainly recommend looking into apprenticeships when deciding on career options.”
Richard Skinner, Commercial Director at Chandlers, commented:
“Apprentices in the builders merchant industry get to experience every aspect of the business whilst gaining a qualification at the same time. With Jack now employed full-time, the apprenticeship process has been a proven success and a benefit to the company, which we hope to repeat in the future.”