Earn while you learn with CCF’s Apprenticeship Scheme
In celebration of National Apprenticeship Week, Harry Knight, Branch Manager at CCF Carlisle, discusses his experience of the CCF Management Apprenticeship Scheme, and offers advice for those looking to enrol on the scheme.
“After going to university for a year to study business, I knew it wasn’t the right career path for me and I decided to withdraw from my course. I’ve always had an interest in construction, so when an opportunity to join the team at my local CCF branch arose I jumped at the chance!
“I started working in the sales office at CCF Newcastle and six-months later I had the opportunity to apply for the Management Apprenticeship Scheme, giving me the chance to gain a qualification while building a career within a completely customer focused, industry-leading company.
“During the first year of my apprenticeship, I was able to experience working in every part of the branch including: warehouse work, counter sales and telesales, transport management, and admin. It was fantastic to have the freedom to experience working in multiple roles and the hands-on approach gave me great insight into how every role worked in the branch.
“In the second year, I was able to move around branches and work nationwide. I spent a lot of time working in different regions, and learning what customer demands were in different areas. I really enjoyed being able to network with different people in the industry and meet customers up and down the country. In addition to this, I spent time with finance managers and the frameworks team to learn about processes that happen in the background of the business.
Advice to apprentices
“I now work as the Branch Manager at CCF Carlisle. The role can be challenging, but the skills I’ve developed during my apprenticeship, such as communication and management, have really helped me to excel. You have to be confident and proactive to make the most of being an apprentice, and make sure you learn from experienced people in the business and be open to making relationships with new people.
“My advice to anyone looking at applying for an apprenticeship scheme with CCF, or the wider Travis Perkins Group, is to really go the extra mile – the more work you put in, the further you can progress within the company. Make time to build relationships with customers and colleagues alike, and don’t be afraid to stand out and do something different if you think it will bring something special to a customer’s experience.”
The CCF Apprenticeship Scheme gives those enrolled the chance to learn vital industry-related skills, increase confidence, and network with leaders in construction. With the experience gained from the scheme, apprentices have endless opportunities to continue their career across a wide range of roles within the business.
CCF continues to invest in training the next generation of talent, and the scheme currently has 27 apprentices employed in a variety of roles, including distribution, management, and marketing. To find out more about CCF’s apprenticeship scheme, please click here.