College and building merchants team up to offer new training course


College and building merchants team up to offer new training course

Leading South East building merchants, Parker Building Supplies, and Sussex Coast College Hastings have teamed up to offer a new course, after the ‘You’re Hired’ apprenticeship scheme.

 Thanks to an introduction made possible by Georgina Angele, Head of Community at, talks have been underway between Parker Building Supplies and Sussex Coast College to come up with a suitable training program since ‘You’re Hired’ was launched in March.

 As a result, three young kitchen designers will start a dedicated course in September, splitting their time between Sussex Coast College and Parker Building Supplies, and five new trainees will also be joining the firm’s Trade Federation Apprenticeship scheme.

 Phil White, Parker Building Supplies’ Operations Manager and training coordinator, said: “It’s so important to train the younger generation and we’ve now completed discussions with Sussex Coast College. We’re pleased that Dave Watson has come up with an appropriate apprenticeship course for our young kitchen designers and we will also be discussing the possibility of gaining the college’s assistance in setting up an academy for prospective Parker Building Supplies staff to develop skill sets before they go on to work in our branches.

 “We’re also grateful to Georgina from as we’re one of the founding partners of and she’s helped us enormously.”

 Dave Watson, who is Sussex Coast College’s Business Development Executive, said: “When I was approached by Phil, he was very clear as to what type of role he needed to fill. His frustrations had been, that up until now, no-one was able to offer a framework to fit this. We simply went back to the drawing board. Rather than sticking to what we knew from the courses we already offered, we explored what else was available. We were able to discover, and set-up, a new course which fitted-the-bill perfectly.”

 Parker Building Supplies’ employs 250 people in its Uckfield head office and at 23 branches around the south east.

 ‘You’re Hired’ is a campaign to find 500 employers who will make a pledge to take on an apprentice. The campaign also seeks to support 500 work-ready young people into apprenticeships.

 The scheme is backed by East Sussex County Council in partnership with the National Apprenticeship Service, district and borough councils, training providers, Colleges, Association of Chambers, Federation of Small Businesses, Youth Employability Service and Apprenticeships in Sussex.



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