Trade Supplier Apprenticeship

Trade Supplier Apprenticeship: created by wholesalers for wholesalers

A job-focused rigorous programme of training that’s ideal for both new recruits and as a training option for people you already employ.

  • Packed with £4,000 worth of bespoke training – SMEs pay just £200 of training costs
  • 12 month apprenticeship standard at Level 2 (that’s GCSE level)
  • Pass, Merit or Distinction: Trade Supplier has an End Point Assessment including an observation test, knowledge test and professional discussion
  • Available for businesses in England only
  • The most popular apprenticeship for EDA members     

EDA led: the story behind the Trade Supplier Apprenticeship

A job-focussed rigorous programme of training

The wholesaler employer group that 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, also an EDA Education & Training Ambassador, 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 5% – that’s £200 – 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.”

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