Independent builders merchant, Parker Building Supplies, has linked up with Sussex Coast College in Hastings to launch an apprenticeship course for its young kitchen designers.
Three young kitchen designers are set to begin a dedicated course at the merchant’s Parker Kitchens showrooms and five new trainees will also be joining its heavyside branches as a result of its Trade Federation Apprenticeship scheme link up with the college.
From September, the new recruits will be dividing their time between Sussex Coast College and Parker’s branches following the merchant’s involvement with the ‘You’re Hired’ apprenticeship scheme.
Thanks to an introduction made possible by Georgina Angele, head of community at Love Local Jobs, talks have been underway between the two companies to come up with a suitable training programme since ‘You’re Hired’ was launched in March.
Phil White, operations manager and training coordinator for Parker Building Supplies, said: “It’s so important to train the younger generation and we’ve now completed discussions with Sussex Coast College.
“We’re pleased that Dave Watson from the college has come up with an appropriate apprenticeship course for our young kitchen designers and we will also be discussing the possibility of gaining the college’s assistance in setting up an academy for prospective Parker Building Supplies staff to develop skill sets before they go on to work in our branches.
“We’re also grateful to Georgina from Love Local Jobs as we’re one of the founding partners for the 1066 local jobs board and she’s helped us enormously.”
Dave Watson, Sussex Coast College’s business development executive, added: “When I was approached by Phil, he was very clear as to what type of role he needed to fill.
“His frustrations had been that up until now no-one was able to offer a framework to fit this. We simply went back to the drawing board. Rather than sticking to what we knew from the courses we already offered, we explored what else was available. We were able to discover, and set-up, a new course which fitted the bill perfectly.”
‘You’re Hired’ is a campaign to find 500 employers who will make a pledge to take on an apprentice. The campaign also seeks to support 500 work-ready young people into apprenticeships.
The scheme is backed by East Sussex County Council in partnership with the National Apprenticeship Service, district and borough councils, training providers, colleges, Association of Chambers, Federation of Small Businesses, Youth Employability Service and Apprenticeships in Sussex.