The Screwfix Trade Apprentice 2018 now open for applications

  • Trade apprentices expected to earn an extra £2,000 per year above the national
    average by 2022
  • Plumbers and electricians set to be highest trade earners, with a forecasted wage of over £31,000 per annum
  • Research launched as Screwfix searches for the 2018 top Trade Apprentice, an initiative which aims to identify the rising stars of the trade

Westminster, United Kingdom, 2018-Feb-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — Screwfix is calling for the next generation to consider a career in the trade as new research shows a job in building and construction trades could lead to higher wages than other career choices.

Future plumbers, plasterers, roofers, carpenters, electricians and bricklayers are set to earn at least £2,500 a year more than the national average by 2022, bringing their average salary to over £27,500. In addition, apprentices can enter their chosen career free from the debt of university fees, which now average £50,000*. This comes from new research commissioned by Screwfix which examined ONS salary data from 2010-17 to forecast future earnings of apprentices entering a profession.

Along with the benefits associated with a long-term career in the trade, including flexible working hours, becoming a skilled expert, being your own boss and working with a wide range of people, research has found that pay really cements why a career in the trade is the right choice.

The research predicts the highest earners will be plumbers and electricians with a forecasted wage of over £31,000 per annum. However, carpenters and plasterers are forecast to see the biggest increases between 2018 and 2022.Carpenters are expected to see a rise of eight per cent (over £2,000), while plasterers should see an increase of nine per cent (over £2,100).

The research was commissioned by leading trade retailer Screwfix as part of its Trade Apprentice initiative, which aims to celebrate and champion the best trade apprentices and future stars of construction.

Graham Bell, Screwfix CEO, said: “The research supports our belief at Screwfix that a trade apprenticeship is a strong career choice for young people in this country. Apprenticeships lead to careers in highly skilled jobs, which are in high demand and therefore attract a healthy, competitive salary. For young people starting out they offer a great career choice without the burden of large debts from university fees.”

Meanwhile, in a separate piece of research conducted with tradespeople it was revealed that more than half (57 per cent) struggle to find skilled labour. For those who struggle to recruit skilled employees, more than one third (37 per cent) believe it is because apprenticeships are not given the same level of respect as a university education, while 31 per cent say poor public perception of a career in the trade means school leavers are not interested in pursuing a future in construction.

“We believe the whole industry should play a part in encouraging and inspiring more people to undertake an apprenticeship. There is an ongoing focus on the importance of trade apprenticeships for the UK economy and for construction in particular, which is facing a significant skills gap. That’s why we are continuing to support the industry with The Screwfix Trade Apprentice initiative, which not only supports young people to kick-start their career but also inspires a strong future for the UK’s construction industry,” added Graham Bell.

One winner will walk away with the title of The Screwfix Trade Apprentice 2018, receiving a business and trade bundle worth £10,000, including a laptop with accessories, £5,000 worth of Screwfix products and funds for future training courses to help kick start their career.

Gross Annual Pay (median) £ 2018 2022

forecast

Electricians and electrical fitters 30,478 31,248
Bricklayers and masons 24,108 24,840
Plumbers and heating and ventilating engineers 29,493 31,048
Carpenters and joiners 26,001 28,017
Plasterers 24,757 26,949
ALL UK employees 23,474 25,009

For more information visit https://www.screwfix.com/landingpage/tradeapprentice/

* ONS’ Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE). The forecasts were produced by calculating the Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) for each job code for the period 2010-2017 and applying this to the next 5 years.

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Screwfix research reveals that More than half of UK tradespeople (57%) struggle to find skilled labour

  • More than half of tradespeople (57%) struggle to find skilled labour – 37% think apprenticeships are not respected as much as university and 31% believe school leavers are put off by a poor perception of trade careers

Yeovil, United Kingdom, 2017-Dec-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — UK tradespeople are optimistic about the future, with 82% expecting business activity to remain at the same level or grow over the next 12 months, additionally, nearly half (45%) report being busier than last year. However, research conducted by trade retailer, Screwfix, has revealed the majority (57%) are reporting difficulties in recruiting staff to support them. This is primarily due to:

  • a lack of focus on encouraging new people to train in the trades
  • not enough local skilled tradespeople
  • too much red tape.

For those who struggle to recruit skilled employees, more than one third (37%) believe it is because apprenticeships are not given the same level of respect as a university education. Furthermore, 31% say poor public perception of a career in the trade means school leavers are not interested in pursuing a future in construction.

The research, conducted as part of Screwfix Trade Pulse*, a monthly index of more than 500 UK tradespeople, also revealed strong work levels across the trade at the moment, as nearly one fifth (18%) of tradespeople has more work than they can handle and 40% are quoting for more jobs than 12 months ago.

Nearly all (94%) tradespeople said they would recommend a career in the trade and of the reasons why, 85% say they have a strong sense of achievement when a job is done and, 80% enjoy seeing the results of their hard work.

More than half (57%) of those surveyed said they started as apprentices and, when it comes to increasing the numbers undertaking trade apprenticeships, more than one third (35%) believe greater focus is needed on vocational education in schools. More than one quarter (26%) believe improved awareness about the opportunities offered by a career in the trade would drive greater uptake of apprenticeships, with 19% saying that reducing red tape for employers looking to hire an apprentice should be considered.

The research also looked at views around those entering construction at a later stage in their careers. The significant majority (82%) of tradespeople think more could be done to attract people to the trade further into their working lives. More than two thirds (69%) think increasing awareness of the opportunities available would help attract people into the trade and 61% believe greater knowledge of the support available to retrain is also crucial.

Graham Bell, CEO of Screwfix, comments: “When we speak to tradespeople across our 533 stores, they reflect what these findings show us. Tradespeople tell us they have full work diaries but, many struggle to recruit skilled employees when looking to support their growing business so, it is clear that focused efforts are needed to drive recruitment and training into the trades.

“There is much focus on a reported construction skills challenge with various reasons given including loss of talent during the downturn and a lack of new entrants joining the trade. That’s why, now more than ever, all parties including government, suppliers and education providers should work together. It was encouraging to see the investment pledged into improving construction skills by the government in the recent Budget but, collectively, we also need to demonstrate why construction is such a great sector to work in and, help those who may be interested in embarking on a career in the trade to overcome barriers they may face.  We also need to support tradespeople who want to take on apprentices or hire skilled labour to support their business at a time of much opportunity.”

Screwfix supports the trade however it can, so alongside practical support such as opening a store at the rate of one per week, to bring Screwfix even closer, it offers ‘Your Guide to Hiring an Apprentice’, a free, bitesize guide available in stores for those tradespeople who may be looking to take on an apprentice. To further shine a light on those hardworking new entrants to the trade, it also holds an annual Trade Apprentice competition where a £10,000 business start-up kit is up for grabs. Both this award and its Britain’s Top Tradesperson nationwide search showcase what a great career option the trade offers, whether you start out as an apprentice or retrain later in your working life.

In addition, to support skills growth in the construction trade, Screwfix has recently started to work with colleges directly, partnering locally first with Yeovil College. It has invested in the Screwfix Trade Skills Centre, a new purpose-built site for students studying the pilot Screwfix Trade Academy course, which covers bricklaying, plumbing, carpentry and electrical contracting. The first recruits started in September 2017.

Screwfix is also looking at other ways it can support the trade and will be launching further initiatives in the future.

Screwfix Trade Pulse is a monthly index which surveys more than 500 UK tradespeople to track work levels and optimism among the trade.  Nearly 250 tradespeople were also surveyed on special topic areas including skills and availability of labour. The retailer undertakes the research to gain greater insight into the needs of its customers to ensure it provides the services and products required.
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McCann Public Relations
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Screwfix opens its 500th UK store at Lumina Park, Enfield, north London

Screwfix opens its 500th UK store at Lumina Park, Enfield, north London

 

Milestone site brings Screwfix closer to even more tradespeople

LONDON, 2017-Feb-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Leading omnichannel retailer, Screwfix has opened its 500th UK store at Lumina Park, Enfield, north London, marking a major milestone in the retailer’s expansion of its store network.

Since opening its first store in Yeovil in 2005, Screwfix has grown significantly and has opened one store per week for the past six years meaning 90% of the UK population is within a 20-minute drive time of a store.

Screwfix’s second store in Enfield – Southbury has brought 15 more jobs to the local community, bringing the UK Screwfix team to over 10,000 employees.

As well as its omni-channel approach, extensive product range and focus on convenient customer service, Screwfix has also been recognised as a great place to work. In 2016, Screwfix was crowned “Employer of the Year” by Retail Week and as one of the Glassdoor Best Places to Work in 2017.

Andrew Livingston, CEO of Screwfix, commented: “We’re immensely proud to be opening our 500th Screwfix store. This is a significant moment for our business and demonstrates our focus on continued growth to meet the needs of our busy customers.

“As we reach this milestone for Screwfix, I want to thank our staff and, of course our customers.  Our success relies on their success, so we remain as committed as ever to making things easier for them.”

Since starting life as the Woodscrew Supply Company in 1979, Screwfix has always strived to deliver convenience, value and the wide product range required by its busy trade customers and serious DIYers. Its store network is visited by 2.9m customers a year and Screwfix.com by 2.5 million unique visitors each week.

Screwfix’s continued investment in bricks and mortar alongside other elements of its omnichannel retail model, ensures customer convenience is prioritised, as they know they can get the products they need at a store close by. Screwfix understands that time is money for many of its customers and, as a result, offers other services for convenience such as its award-winning 24/7 UK contact centre, extended opening hours at its stores and next day deliveries seven days a week.

In addition, its ever-growing Click & Collect service, which enables customers to pick-up their goods in as little as one minute after ordering online or over the phone, has already received more than 13 million orders.

The retailer’s expansion continues to bring Screwfix closer to even more tradesmen and women and it plans to have a network of around 600 stores in the next couple of years.

For more information on Screwfix, visit www.screwfix.com, call 03330 112 112 or visit the nearest store.

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McCann Public Relations
Tel: 0121 713 3761
Email: annabelle.davis@mccann.com

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Screwfix launches new guide entitled ‘Your Guide to Hiring an Apprentice’

Yeovil, United Kingdom, 2016-Jul-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — A new guide has been launched by Screwfix to help tradespeople understand how easy it is to hire an apprentice. The Minister for Employability and Training, Jamie Hepburn, visited a Screwfix store in Edinburgh on 6 July to launch the guide.

The free booklet is available in Screwfix stores across Scotland and is entitled Your Guide to Hiring an Apprentice’. The booklet was developed with national skills body – Skills Development Scotland – who pay a contribution towards the cost of training apprentices.

It was released by Screwfix in conjunction with the Minister for Employability and Training in response to research revealing that tradespeople want an increase in the availability of skilled workers through the encouragement of apprenticeships, plus help in understanding how to take apprentices on.

The easy-to-use, free information source is designed to expose many of the myths surrounding apprenticeships. As a pocket-sized guide, it includes everything those in the trade need to know in bite-size chunks – from the benefits of taking on an apprentice, to where to go first and the help available.

Screwfix released the guide in response to feedback from its trade customers. Many of the plumbers, electricians, builders, carpenters and other tradespeople questioned by the Screwfix poll have little or no experience of taking on apprentices, with only 14% having employed one in the last year.

Graham Bell, Operations Director of Screwfix comments: “As a key supplier to the trade, we’re always looking for ways to support tradespeople in growing their businesses – from enabling them to get the right products at the right time to finding out and helping to address the issues that matter most. We understand how vital apprentices are as the future lifeblood of the trade, but it’s clear from what our customers are telling us that more needs to be done to simplify the process of hiring one.

“We have developed this guide to help tradespeople who have little or no experience of apprentices. Whether they’re looking to find out a bit more about who to hire an apprentice through, or the financial support available to them to help with taking one on, we encourage interested tradespeople to pick up their free guide from one of our 31 stores in Scotland now.”

Minister for Employability and Training Jamie Hepburn said: “Modern Apprentices make a real contribution to the Scottish economy, apprenticeships offer our young people better career prospects and have a positive impact on the businesses and industry, bringing value to both employers and the economy. The Scottish Government has supported nearly 200,000 MAs since 2007 and we surpassed our target to deliver 25,500 modern apprenticeships in 2015/16. We are determined to keep growing the number of opportunities for people to secure a Modern Apprenticeship and by 2020 will be delivering 30,000 places.”

Chris Brodie, SDS, Lead Head of Key Sector Development from Skills Development Scotland said: “This guide sets out the simple steps you can take to hire an apprentice with the support of Skills Development Scotland (SDS).

“Three quarters of employers said that providing apprenticeships improved productivity, while nine out of ten employers would recommend apprenticeships to their industry. If you and your company are thinking about taking on an apprentice then the help is there.”

To download a copy of the guide, visit www.Screwfix.com/apprenticeguide

For more information, please contact:

Laura Westcott
McCann Public Relations
Tel: 0121 713 3768
laura.westcott@mccann.com

Hannah Montgomery
McCann Public Relations
Tel: 0121 713 3745
hannah.montgomery@mccann.com

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Screwfix launches new guide entitled ‘Your Guide to Hiring an Apprentice’

 

Source: Kingfisher

Screwfix and Department of Business, Innovation & Skills releases booklet ‘Your Guide to Hiring an Apprentice’

LONDON, 2016-Mar-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) visited a Screwfix store in Brixton on 25 February to launch a new guide created by the retailer to help tradespeople understand how easy it is to hire an apprentice.

The free booklet will be available in Screwfix stores across England and entitled ‘Your Guide to Hiring an Apprentice’. It was released by Screwfix in conjunction with BIS in response to recent research* revealing that tradespeople want an increase in the availability of skilled workers through the encouragement of apprenticeships, plus help in understanding how to take apprentices on.

The easy-to-use, free information source is designed to expose many of the myths surrounding apprenticeships. As a pocket-sized guide, it includes everything those in the trade need to know in bite-size chunks – from the benefits of taking on an apprentice, to where to go first and the help available.

Screwfix has released the guide in response to feedback from its trade customers and the findings of its Tradesman Manifesto*, which highlighted that more than three quarters of UK tradespeople want the Government to raise the number of apprenticeship places from 110,000 to 400,000 and encourage as many school leavers to take up apprenticeships as go to university. Many of the plumbers, electricians, builders, carpenters and other tradespeople questioned by the Screwfix poll have little or no experience of taking on apprentices, with only 14% having employed one in the last year.

Andrew Livingston, CEO of Screwfix, comments: “As a key supplier to the trade, we’re always looking for ways to support UK tradespeople in growing their businesses – from enabling them to get the right products at the right time to finding out and helping to address the issues that matter most. We understand how vital apprentices are as the future lifeblood of the trade, but it’s clear from what our customers are telling us that more needs to be done to simplify the process of hiring one.

“We have developed this guide to help tradespeople who have little or no experience of apprentices. Whether they’re looking to find out a bit more about who to hire an apprentice through, or the financial support available to them to help with taking one on, we encourage interested tradespeople to pick up their free guide from one of our stores in England now.”

Business Secretary Sajid Javid, said: “Business has always been part of my life, and I know how hard it can be to succeed and find the right people for the job. This guide will be an essential tool to help the trade to plug the skills gap by finding and developing the next generation of skilled tradesmen and women and realising our goal of creating 3 million apprenticeships by 2020.”

To download a copy of the guide, visit www.Screwfix.com/apprenticeguide

*Screwfix Tradesman Manifesto is a survey of more than 600 UK tradespeople undertaken to understand what is important to them and how they are reacting to the constantly changing economic and technological landscapes.

** Josh Lee and James Ling were Highly Commended in Screwfix’s 2015 Trade Apprentice Competition. Josh now has a full time job and James runs his own business.
For more information, please contact:

Screwfix

Laura Westcott, McCann Public Relations, Tel: 0121 713 3768, laura.westcott@mccann.com

Rachel Tillman, McCann Public Relations, Tel: 0121 713 3593, rachel.tillman@mccann.com

SOURCE: Kingfisher plc

 

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Picture: Josh Lee**, Business Secretary Sajid Javid, Andrew Livingston CEO of Screwfix and James Ling** 'cutting the red tape to hiring apprentices' at a Screwfix store in Brixton on Thursday 25 February 2016.

Picture: Josh Lee**, Business Secretary Sajid Javid, Andrew Livingston CEO of Screwfix and James Ling** ‘cutting the red tape to hiring apprentices’ at a Screwfix store in Brixton on Thursday 25 February 2016.

Screwfix took thousands of calls for BBC Children in Need on Friday 13 November

LONDON, 2015-11-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — Yeovil based Screwfix took thousands of calls for BBC Children in Need on Friday 13 November, by donating the services of its whole call centre and contact team for the tenth year running.

Over 200 employees, who were all in childhood hero fancy dress, gave up their time to take pledge calls all night for the popular charity from across the UK, helping BBC Children In Need to raise a record-breaking £37 million.

In addition to the contact centre team, store staff from all over the country travelled to Yeovil to help man the phones from the company’s award-winning call centre, which is also one of the biggest in the region.

John Mewett, Marketing Director at Screwfix, said: “It is great to be able to help such a worthwhile cause and we had a great time taking calls to help towards the £37 million raised.”

“We’re so proud of our ten years of support to BBC Children In Need and I’d like to thank everyone who volunteered, we couldn’t do it without all our dedicated staff.”

To continue giving, visit www.bbc.co.uk/pudsey/donate.

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Screwfix took thousands of calls for BBC Children in Need on Friday 13 November

Screwfix took thousands of calls for BBC Children in Need on Friday 13 November

Screwfix awarded the title of Supply Chain Team of the Year at the Retail Week Supply Chain Awards 2015 in London

LONDON, 2015-9-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Leading multi-channel retailer Screwfix is celebrating after being awarded the title of Supply Chain Team of the Year at the Retail Week Supply Chain Awards 2015, held on 24 September in London.

Screwfix centres its operations on the promise to provide convenience, value and the best products wherever and whenever its customers need them. The business’ supply chain team earned the esteemed Retail Week title for its dedication to delivering this promise and developing innovative systems, such as Click & Collect which allows customers to order over the phone or online and collect five minutes later from any store, next day delivery seven days a week and a real time stock system across its warehouses.

Lindsay Haselhurst, supply chain & operations director at Screwfix, says: “We’re delighted to have won this award, it’s fantastic recognition for the team and encourages us all to take a moment to celebrate what has been achieved this year. Delivering for our customers is at the heart of the Screwfix DNA. We strive to meet the needs of our busy trade customers while our supply chain team and logistics partner Wincanton work hard behind the scenes to ensure our customers get the best possible experience when shopping with us, whatever the channel.

“An example of this dedication is our Click & Collect service. We’ve had more than six million orders since the service’s launch in 2011. For our customers to be able to pick up their goods from a store just five minutes after ordering requires a precise and consistent supply chain but also one that is responsive and fleet of foot. Our great systems and passionate teams make this possible.

“With 60 new stores opening in the UK this year and the rapid expansion of our German operations there is still much to do and we are looking forward to tackling the challenges of enabling Screwfix’s continued success.”

Screwfix now has 412 stores across the UK.

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Screwfix awarded the title of Supply Chain Team of the Year at the Retail Week Supply Chain Awards 2015 in London

Screwfix awarded the title of Supply Chain Team of the Year at the Retail Week Supply Chain Awards 2015 in London

Kingfisher gives nine new graduates the opportunity to work in Commercial functions of two of Kingfisher’s Operating Companies as part of its International Graduate Programme

LONDON, 2014-9-8 — /EPR Retail News/ — Kingfisher plc, Europe’s largest home improvement retailer, this week welcomes nine new graduates to its International Graduate Programme. Now in its third year, the programme gives graduates the opportunity to work in the Commercial functions of two of Kingfisher’s Operating Companies over a two-year period.

The nine new recruits, from the UK, France and China, will take up roles at B&Q UK, Castorama France, Screwfix, Brico Dépôt France and Kingfisher Sourcing & Offer in France and the UK – reflecting the expansion of the programme across more of our Operating Companies since its inception in 2012. They will start by shadowing buyers, merchandisers and category managers to understand our commercial principles, before being assigned projects and categories of their own to review, develop and deliver within the following 12 months.

After 12 months they will move to another Operating Company for a further year. The aim is to give them an international mind-set and make working across our varied businesses second nature.

After two years they will have the opportunity to move into permanent roles around the Group. The first intake of graduates, from 2012, have just taken this next step, with two graduates in particular taking up roles in the buying team at Brico Dépôt France and in the Group Net Positive team at Kingfisher’s London head office.

Liz Bell, Kingfisher’s Group Talent Development Director, said: “I’m excited to see the arrival of our latest intake of graduates. The time they spend within our Operating Companies will give them insight into how our businesses work, both independently of each other and also how they collaborate in areas of product development and sourcing. The aim at the end of the formal two-year programme is that they are able to work seamlessly across the Commercial Divisions of Kingfisher’s Operating Companies.”

Two graduates have also joined the Kingfisher IT Services (KITS) Graduate Programme. They will gain experience in all aspects of Kingfisher’s IT support services provision.

Applications for the 2015 programme will open in October. For more information about the programme visit our Graduates page.

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Photo L-R: Scott Carson – Kingfisher IT Services; Bethany Anderson – Screwfix; Charles Razimbaud – Castorama France; Paul Cousins – Kingfisher IT Services; Julien Morera – Kingfisher Sourcing & Offer, UK; Maximilien Brossaud – Screwfix (Maximilien transfers from Castorama France, where he has been working as a retail apprentice); Laura Ly – B&Q UK; Alasdair Hunter – Brico Dépôt France; Chuqin Qi – B&Q UK; Olivia Sandy – Castorama France; Chloe Wang – B&Q UK

Photo L-R: Scott Carson – Kingfisher IT Services; Bethany Anderson – Screwfix; Charles Razimbaud – Castorama France; Paul Cousins – Kingfisher IT Services; Julien Morera – Kingfisher Sourcing & Offer, UK; Maximilien Brossaud – Screwfix (Maximilien transfers from Castorama France, where he has been working as a retail apprentice); Laura Ly – B&Q UK; Alasdair Hunter – Brico Dépôt France; Chuqin Qi – B&Q UK; Olivia Sandy – Castorama France; Chloe Wang – B&Q UK