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Travis Perkins launches virtual bathroom designer apprenticeship

Travis Perkins has launched a virtual bathroom designer apprenticeship scheme. Part of the company’s 38-strong apprenticeship offering, the programme has been developed to enable people from… View Article

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Travis Perkins launches virtual bathroom designer apprenticeship

Travis Perkins has launched a virtual bathroom designer apprenticeship scheme.

Part of the company’s 38-strong apprenticeship offering, the programme has been developed to enable people from any sales background to provide a virtual bathroom design service for Travis Perkins customers.

The company said it will help the business to meet increased demand due to a recovery across the domestic renovation, maintenance and improvement markets.

To date, 25 people  have registered for the Level 3 Apprenticeship in Furniture Design, which is equivalent to two A-Level Passes. In addition to product training, the programme covers CAD design, customer service, creativity and sales management skills.

Andy Rayner, head of apprenticeships at Travis Perkins, said its apprenticeship programmes help the business to create its own pipeline of managers and specialists.

He added: “Unlike most employers, we are an accredited provider. As with over half of our 38 apprenticeship programmes, we will deliver this exciting new programme in-house. We pride ourselves on providing a full range of apprenticeships ‘from the branch counter to the boardroom’ and the bathroom dDesigner programme will be a fantastic addition to our comprehensive suite.”

During the coranavirus pandemic, the company’s learning & development team used the opportunity to transform the current programmes so they could be delivered remotely,

Rayner said: “So far this year we have invested over £2 million into our apprenticeship programmes, and thanks to the skills, creativity and determination of the learning & development team, we have been able to continue to deliver on all of our programmes during the pandemic, as part of our commitment to colleagues. We also used the lockdown to stress the benefits of taking up an apprenticeship programme, and as a result, over 100 colleagues voluntarily registered for a programme whilst on furlough.”

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