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Travis Perkins' apprentices take a pit stop at Silverstone

Travis Perkins held a special three-day event at Silverstone to inspire their apprentices

Posted by Lucinda Reid | November 30, 2017 | Events

Travis Perkins plc, the UK’s largest supplier of building materials to the construction, DIY and home improvement markets, has taken over the Silverstone F1 pits to train up their apprentices.

In a three-day ‘Apprenticeships Skills to Service Challenge’ more than 135 Travis Perkins apprentices used the F1 pits at Silverstone, to complete a series of practical business simulations. These simulations, which were run in conjunction with the Builders Merchants Federation, saw the apprentices tested on their technical knowledge, customer handling ability and sales skills.

Mock Travis Perkins branches and technical building environments were set up within the pits. The apprentices, assuming the role of tradespeople, then used these branches and technical areas to source all the materials needed to complete specific tasks set to them by mock customers. The completed jobs were then assessed and all apprentices were tasked with assessing their projects and discussing how the processes they employed could be improved.

Louise Powell, Head of Education & Learning at Travis Perkins plc, said,  “We are extremely proud of our apprenticeship training initiatives. At Travis Perkins, we truly believe that ‘customer world’ practical simulations help our apprentices to increase their knowledge and skills in a safe and controlled environment. I must also say that having the chance to hold this exercise at the Silverstone F1 pits is a unique opportunity and gives our apprentices the perfect setting – that champions precision, attention to detail and efficiency – to learn in.”

Travis Perkins currently has 230 apprentices across the business and the company is extremely proud to have been recognised by the National Apprenticeship Service for the past two years. Apprenticeships are extremely important to the business and through the first-class training and learning and development programmes on offer, apprentices across Travis Perkins can launch successful and fulfilling careers.

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