Trade Supplier is the apprenticeship standard that the sector’s been waiting for. It’s a job-focused rigorous programme of training that’s ideal for both new recruits and as a training option for people you already employ.
You’ll find more information on this page, and you can download the Fact Sheet: Trade Supplier Apprenticeship Standard
Launched in early 2018, this is a brand new 12-month apprenticeship standard for England, is the culmination of two and a half years’ work by a group of employers, large and small, working together as ‘trailblazers’, initially led by EDA and its members, and were joined later by the Builders Merchants Federation and some of their leading members.
The apprenticeship is tailored specifically for new recruits to any B2B wholesaler or merchant business involved in selling goods and services between manufacturers and their skilled trade customers, including electro-technical, plumbing, timber, or general building supply sectors.
Only since April 2018 has this brand new apprenticeship standard been available and the first recruits are starting work in wholesale branches.
Jonathan Grenfell (centre) is one of the first recruits onto the new Trade Supplier Apprenticeship Standard Level 2. He joined Edmundson Electrical Huddersfield in Spring 2018. You can find out how he’s getting on in our news section. Jonathan is pictured here with his Profit Centre Manager, Dom Lorenzo (l) and with Melvin Wright from Aston Training. Aston Training is one of the training providers working with EDA Apprenticeships Plus. Jonathan’s recruitment and training is managed by our partners, EDA Apprenticeships Plus.
The wholesaler employers who created Trade Supplier, the trailblazers, were led by the EDA and Chaired by Vicky Ordish, Learning and Development Business Partner with Rexel UK Ltd.
Vicky Ordish explains why the Trade Supplier is so important for the sector
“This one-year apprenticeship standard has been designed to train new recruits to become fully-rounded trade suppliers. It’s a comprehensive job-focussed rigorous programme of training entirely relevant to a wholesaler branch.
“Other apprenticeships focus either on the warehouse or the trade counter, but Trade Supplier includes training in both these areas as well as a strong focus on customer needs, giving new recruits a broader base of skills and knowledge from which to launch their careers.
“Trade Supplier also represents excellent value for money for wholesalers, with smaller businesses paying just 10% – that’s £400 – towards the cost of training and assessment. Businesses can also benefit from up to £1,000 in payments for taking on younger or disadvantaged apprentices.”
As well as offering a breadth and depth of training, Trade Supplier also puts apprentices through their paces at the end of the 12 months through a half-day, end-point assessment. This involves a knowledge test, real-life practical observation and a professional discussion. Apprentices have an opportunity to be awarded a Pass, Merit or Distinction.
Trade Supplier is one of over 500 apprenticeship standards either approved or in development that will be available to employers following the radical reforms to apprenticeships in recent years. Standards will eventually replace the current frameworks and, following recent funding changes, apprenticeships now cover degree and post-graduate-level opportunities.
It is estimated that demand for Trade Supplier training from electro-technical wholesalers will be in the region of 500 apprentices a year.
If you’d like to know more about the EDA’s Apprenticeship Programme and the service from our partners EDA Apprenticeships Plus, please call the EDA on 020 3141 7350 or email our training inbox.
Electrical Distributors’ Association: Margaret Fitzsimons, CEO
Rexel UK: Vicky Ordish, Learning & Development Business Partner and Chair of the Trailblazer Group; Crawford Flint, Head of
R&B Star: Glenn Robertson, Director;
Kew Electrical: Nik Mulcahy, Operations Director;
Stearn Electric: Andrew Smith, National Account Manager;
Lincs Electrical Wholesale: Andy Johnson, Managing Director;
City Electrical Factors: Chris Ashworth, General Manager, Hinckley Region
Edmundson Electrical: Matt Ward, Commercial Manager;
Lockwell Electrical: Tom Jones, Divisional Director.
Howdens: Becky Roberts, Learning & Development Manager and Debbie Shandley, Advisor for Howdens and CEO The Real Apprenticeship Company;
Nobia UK: Julie Heathcote, Development Business Partner.
Builders’ Merchants Federation: Richard Ellithorne, Membership Services Director and James Spillane, Training and Development Manager;
Lawsons: Luci Pitt, Project & Training Manager
Parkers Building Supplies: Shelley Hodges, Learning & Development Manager; Grafton Merchanting GB: Adrian Rowley, Learning and Development Manager.
Department for Education: Sally Timmins, Employer Relationship Manager;
Pearson Awarding Organisation: Bryony Leonard, Sector Manager – Engineering, Manufacturing and Automotive;
EDA Apprenticeships Plus: (Apprenticeship Training Agency): John Henry, Director and Duncan Naylor, Director.