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Apprentice wins new award

Trainee merchant apprentice Dean Atkinson has beaten apprentices from all over the UK to scoop a prestigious new award from the Institute of Builders Merchants.

Apprentice wins new award

The award recognises excellence among those enrolled on the BMF Apprenticeship Scheme. Dean, who works at Naylor-Myers Building Supplies Ltd in Yorkshire, won for his outstanding achievements and ‘can do’ attitude.

He was presented with his trophy and a cash prize of £500 at this year’s BMF Members Day, which was held at the National Motorcycle Museum in Birmingham.

In addition, a further £1,000 scholarship fund was awarded to his employer Naylor-Myers Building Supplies Ltd, and will be used to pay for further training and course fees, as Dean begins the BMF Diploma in Merchanting.

Branch manager Martyn Mongon said: “I initially decided to take Dean on as a summer temp working in the yard, but soon recognised his potential. I wanted to encourage and support him to develop a career in merchanting so I enrolled him on the BMF Apprenticeship Scheme, which gave him a formal structured training programme.

“Using his newly gained product and customer knowledge he has helped me to set up a bathroom showroom at the branch and is now running it single handed.”

BMF managing director Chris Pateman said: “Dean has all the qualities we want to see in all merchants’ apprentices, including a commitment to his employer, along with an interest and determination to continue to learn. The merchant industry’s future will be assured through the development of young people such as Dean.”

About Fiona Russell-Horne

Group Managing Editor across the BMJ portfolio.

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