Builders merchant chain Gibbs & Dandy, sister company to Jewson, has introduced the Management Training Programme, developed by parent company Saint Gobain Building Distribution.
The two-year course, provides both on and off the job training, and is designed to equip apprentices with the relevant skills needed to become a successful branch manager – with the long-term goal to create a talent pool of trainee managers.
This is the first year that Gibbs and Dandy has invested in the Saint-Gobain training initiative.
Designed to create managerial prospects, the course includes hands-on and classroom training at the Greenworks academy, as well as covering all operational processes within the branch, from the yard up to purchasing and managerial responsibilities. The candidates are assigned a branch mentor, as well as monthly access to and reviews with operation and sales directors.
In addition, the apprentices are also required to regularly complete and present projects developed by the building distribution group to demonstrate an understanding of the company’s market and strategies.
Patrick Guest, operation and sales director for Gibbs & Dandy group, said: “Utilising this comprehensive training scheme is part of our long-term commitment to developing people within Gibbs & Dandy and the building supplies industry, whilst consistently improving our customer service. Schemes such as this also help to attract new talent to an industry that often has an unfair and unjust reputation for being antiquated.
“We recognise the importance of maintaining the knowledge and experience of long serving staff members, but it is important to complement this with new trainees and progressive schemes, to better service our customers needs.”