Nine trainees have been taken on at North East builders’ merchant JT Dove in a new two-year course.
The company has an intensive training course that will see the new appointees – whose ages range from 17 to 23 – doing group training, personal projects, experience days, visits to manufacturers and a team-building event.
Operations director Ian Hindmarsh said the majority of the trainees have family and friends already working for the company: “While the applicants had to have a minimum education standard of five GCSEs, we are more interested in their personality and understanding of the Dove ethos. We like to grow our own and therefore have a high number of personnel who have enjoyed many years of long service.”
The top four performers at a team-building event this week will go forward to the Builders Merchants Federation Master Merchant Competition later this month. The competition is made up of outdoor activities and will test the entrants’ team spirit to the full.
Hindmarsh added: “It is important to look at all aspects of team working and these youngsters are all sporty – many box or do martial arts and have an interest in fitness.
“The best way to get them to grow in the work arena is to vary their challenges. The manufacturer visit in September will be positive too. We are heading to a timber mill near Edinburgh, so they can start to understand the process and appreciate issues that our suppliers face too.”
Some of the trainees will go on to join the branch manager course. Paul Robinson, 23, is one of the trainees with his eye on the future.
He said: “This is a great opportunity to fast-track really good knowledge and secure a career within an excellent organisation. It’s the little incentives that make the difference, like the possibility of the cash prize for the best two personal project presentations – it drives you to work that little bit harder.”