Plumbers merchant Wolseley UK – parent company of Plumb Center, Parts Center and Burdens ¬- has launched a management training programme for graduates.
The programme starts in October with a nine-month placement in a branch, learning how to do business at the trade counter. A second three-month stretch involves undertaking project work with a senior manager.
The scheme is aimed at giving graduates the basic knowledge of how the plumbing and construction supplier functions in just 18 months.
The final placement involves being appointed to a deputy branch manager position, with support and training continuing for a further six months.
The programme will include regular training sessions, online training and job shadowing, all of which are designed to provide the practical, hands-on experience required to be a Wolseley manager.
Trainees are supported by their placement manager, who assists in day-to-day activities; a coach from the senior management team, offering advice and guidance; and a mentor; many of which are former graduates and have been through schemes like this one.
Wolseley UK‘s leadership development manager, Mairead Golding, said: “One of our key people goals is to have the best branch staff and I believe our management training programme is another great way of making this happen.”