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Why I chose an Apprenticeship at Travis Perkins

Category: Testimonials, Career Change, Career Development, Apprentices, Apprenticeship Scheme, Apprenticeship Programme, Early Careers, Travis Perkins, New skills, Sales industry


Charlotte joined Travis Perkins Tool Hire with no previous experience in the industry but has since gained a promotion and is now Assistant Tool Hire Manager at our Hemel Hempstead branch. Coming from the care sector, Charlotte said it was a really daunting move for her. But one year on, she has really found her feet within the Travis Perkins Group and even bagged herself the title '2021 Apprentice of the Year' at the Hire Awards of Excellence.


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Charlotte | Assistant Tool Hire Manager


Charlotte is currently enrolled on our Travis Perkins Certificate in Tool Hire Apprenticeship. This is one of the many varied Apprenticeships we offer at the Group, and it has given Charlotte everything she needs to quickly get to grips with her job responsibilities and has motivated her to learn more about the industry.

We spoke to Charlotte to hear how she has found her time with the Group so far.


What made you decide to join the Tool Hire team?
'I wanted to try something out of my comfort zone. To my surprise, and absolute delight, I seemed to excel right from the start.' 

Within the Travis Perkins Group, we're keen to progress anyone that works hard. We'll give you the support you need to feel confident and we'll also do our best to give you the work/life balance you're looking for, because we really value our people and we want them to spending their time doing what they love. 

What were your first thoughts about making this career move to a new industry?

'I was really nervous and found it very daunting. I started working as a domiciliary care worker when I was 18 years old. I later went on to train care workers in everything from moving and handling to first aid and safeguarding - you name it, and I probably taught it. It was a huge career change for me, but I was very excited about the change.'

Charlotte is one of many that has joined us from out of sector. Kim is another great example, she previously worked as a barista with the same retail company for 15 years, and now she's thriving as a Customer Sales Assistant. 

What are some of the new skills you’ve developed during your Apprenticeship?
'I can't even begin to sum up all the skills I have gained since the beginning of my Apprenticeship. Not only have I developed my workshop-based knowledge and product knowledge, but it has also given me great customer service skills, and has helped me to become more confident.'

What has been your favourite part of your Apprenticeship?
'My favourite part of my Apprenticeship has been the ability to network across the entire business.'

Have you got any advice for something thinking of enrolling on an Apprenticeship?
'Do it! I am so glad that I have had the opportunity to be on the course, and, given the chance, I would do an Apprenticeship again.'

Apprenticeships are a great option at any point in your career. You can earn whilst you learn new skills, work your way up the career ladder, and like Charlotte has found, it's a useful step into a career change. 

Why Travis Perkins?
'Travis Perkins is such a fantastic company to work for. I am so glad I took the leap and took a chance - it was the best decision I made. I have already been part of several different campaigns and communities within the Group.'

This is great to hear. Our people are our strength, and we're proud to be on a journey to becoming a truly inclusive and diverse employer. As part of this, we have a number of colleague networks where our people are driving real positive change.

What has kept you working with the Group?
'The support I have received has been amazing. So many people have been so happy to help me and really push me to develop myself, which is something I have never experienced before. I have built such a strong network already, and they are really helping me to realise my potential.

I can't wait for what is next to come. I look forward to a very happy and long career with Travis Perkins!'

Explore Apprenticeship opportunities at Travis Perkins
Have you been inspired by Charlotte's story? Whether you are looking for a change, are just starting out in your career, or want a new challenge, an Apprenticeship can give you everything you need to reach your full potential. Our varied programmes are designed to challenge you, whilst giving you the support you need and help to define your future career plans. 


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