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MP visits Travis Perkins ahead of National Apprenticeship Week

MP Gordon Birtwistle stressed the importance of apprenticeships when visiting Travis Perkins plc’s Harvey Reeves Road branches in Northampton in anticipation of National Apprenticeship Week 2015 (9-13 March).

MP visits Travis Perkins ahead of National Apprenticeship Week

The Liberal Democrat MP received a tour of the Travis Perkins and City Plumbing Supplies branches, and was able to learn more about the Group’s apprenticeship schemes, whilst also meeting current and past apprentices.

The Government Ambassador for Apprenticeships and All Party Parliamentary Group for Apprenticeships Chair, MP Birtwistle said: “I was really impressed with the level of trust and responsibility the apprentices had – it was great to see that they were learning key management skills and already had a sound knowledge of profit and loss and return on capital.

“Apprenticeships are vitally important; we need to train young people today to do the jobs of the future. I’d encourage anyone thinking of becoming an apprentice to just get out there and go for it.”

TP’s own chief executive officer, John Carter, started out as a Travis Perkins management trainee over 35 years ago.

Travis Perkins plc offers a number of programs to support skills development and young people’s successful transition from school to the workplace.

Two new schemes being launched in 2015 are dedicated to young people, with ‘Young Grafters’ allowing 14 to 16 year olds to apply for work placements, and ‘Traineeships’ giving young adults aged 16 to 19 the opportunity to gain essential skills such as C.V writing, interview skills and working as part of a team, in addition to branch work experience. These new programmes join the existing Branch and Management Apprenticeships, which are open to all ages.

The Group also has three initiatives in place to address the issue of young women finding it difficult to progress in the industry.

Louise Powell, head of training at Travis Perkins plc, said: “We feel very strongly that training schemes, apprenticeships and focused initiatives, such as targeting women, are key for attracting new people to the industry, and are excellent opportunities to prepare school leavers for the working world.

“At Travis Perkins plc we are keenly aware of youth unemployment and its potential to create a ‘lost generation’ of young people who are Not in Education, Employment, or Training (NEETs). Through our progressive structure, with individual programmes for specific age groups, we believe we can help address the root cause of youth unemployment.”

About Fiona Russell-Horne

Fiona Russell-Horne
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