This September, Grafton Merchanting ROI are launching Ireland’s first ever Builder’s Merchant Traineeship. The QQI accredited programme will be run in conjunction with the Dublin and Dun Laoghaire Education and Training Board (DDLETB) who have had success running similar programmes in other industries.
Grafton Merchanting ROI reached out to DDLETB Employer Engagement Manager Trevor Moore earlier this year when they saw the need to create a pipeline of skilled entry-level trade Sales Advisors within their Chadwicks, Heiton Buckley, Davies and Panelling Centre branches.
“Learning has always been an integral part of our overall strategy in Grafton. We have programmes for current colleagues looking to develop and progress, and now the Traineeship fills a clear gap we had for entry-level candidates wanting to start a career as a Trade Sales Advisor,” commented Laura Clarke, Talent Acquisition Manager at Grafton. “This can be a difficult industry to get into as Trade Sales is a highly-skilled profession, so we hope this programme opens the door for a new generation of Trade Sales Advisors.”
Launching this September with an October start date, the programme will run until April 2019. Learners will spend half of their learning time completing classroom-based modules
covering Customer Service, Retail Sales Skills, IT Skills, Health and Safety and Stock Control. On-the-job learning will then take up the remainder of the course time, with learners assigned to mentors in their chosen branch.
It is anticipated Grafton will take on 20 trainees across their Dublin branches. If the course is a success in this region, they see no reason why the QQI Certified course could not be run in other parts of the country.