The Builder’s Merchants Federation (BMF) and the Electrical Distributors Association (EDA) have co-founded the development of an industry-specific Trade Supplier Apprentice Standard. Launching to industry employers from January 2018, this new opportunity is said to be the first apprenticeship designed by experts within the industry and will become the primary level 2 qualification within the sector. Trade Supplier Level 2 was developed through the government’s ‘Trailblazer’ initiative and will launch to more than fifteen training providers across the UK.
Replacing the Trade Business Service framework apprenticeship, the new Trade Supplier Apprenticeship Standard is tailored around the merchant’s working environment.
Trade Supplier Apprentices will be trained and assessed on:
dealing with customer sales at the trade counter and over the telephone
understanding incoming deliveries, stock control and despatch
processing customer orders and taking delivery of goods
technical knowledge of the products and services offered
using bespoke systems and equipment within their company
communication and building relationships both internally and with customers.
John Henry, Director of BMF Apprenticeships Plus (the BMF’s Apprenticeship Training Agency) said: “This employer-led qualification will give young people entering the industry an excellent grounding in merchanting, and will raise the bar in terms of skills and knowledge at an early point in their careers. Having been in close communication with many businesses it is clear that the merchanting sector has been waiting for this new apprenticeship and I am confident of a significant take up by employers wishing to recruit and train new entrants and existing colleagues.”Builders Merchants Foundation | bmf.org.uk