Grafton Merchanting ROI has announced that 20 trainees – 17 men and three women – have been accepted onto Ireland’s first builders’ merchants sales traineeship programme. The QQI accredited programme, run by Grafton Merchanting ROI in conjunction with the Dublin and Dún Laoghaire Education and Training Board (DDLETB), aims to create a pipeline of skilled entry-level trade sales advisors within Grafton Merchanting brands including Chadwicks, Heiton Buckley, Davies and The Panelling Centre.
Grafton Merchanting Traineeship
The traineeship has been piloted in Dublin with a view to being rolled out nationwide later in 2019.
The inaugural class of trainees will complete a 26-week traineeship programme, on which each trainee will gain the skills and knowledge needed in trade sales.
Trainees will receive training in customer service, retail sales, IT skills, health and safety, and stock control as well as mentoring from experienced staff in their chosen branches. Trainees will also receive a Safe Pass Card and a Manual Handling certificate.
Patrick Atkinson (centre), CEO, Grafton Merchanting ROI, pictured with Wayne Gilmore (left) and Lauren Doyle (right), two of Ireland’s first trainees as Grafton Merchanting ROI.
Speaking at the announcement CEO of Grafton Merchanting ROI, Patrick Atkinson said the programme has been launched during a significant period of growth for Grafton Merchanting ROI with upgrades to current stores taking place.
“We pride ourselves on the level of industry knowledge and relevant educational history our employees have,” he said, “and as consumer demand continues to grow, this traineeship facilitates Grafton Merchanting ROI to add a consistent stream of new, educated and hardworking staff into our various stores across the country.
“Grafton Merchanting has a proud history of providing people, both first-time job seekers and experienced professionals, with career opportunities. We provide staff with the best merchanting education possible and strong career growth opportunities within the organisation and have tremendous employee retention as a result. We look forward to working with the group of trainees and wish them the best of luck for their traineeship.”