Merchant Trainee Apprenticeship
Local Merchant Group
Salary: National Minimum Wage
Who Local Merchant Group?
Local Merchant Group (also known as LMG) are part of multinational organisation Saint-Gobain. We are made up of 9 Builders Merchant brands, with branches across the UK and Ireland. As Builders Merchants, it's our job a wide range of building materials to trade customers, from carpenters to tilers and groundworkers to DIY enthusiasts.
The day-to-day role
We are currently looking for apprentices to join our business in one of our brands, in one of our locations across England, Scotland and Wales.
On our apprenticeship programme, you will join us as a Merchant Trainee, based in one of our branches. In this role you will work in a range of our departments such as the yard and the sales counter, getting to grips with our business, our customers and our products.
On a typical you will deal with a number of our customers both face to face and on the phone. The day will be very busy, and you can expect a lot of banter with both your team and your customers as you work.
Your learning and development
After your first 3 months with the business, you will begin your apprenticeship training. During the course, which will last between 12-18 months, you will learn more about our business, our operations and how to provide great customer service.
The majority of your learning will be on the job, you will also need to study independently for a few hours a week to reinforce your new skill set.
Upon completion of the course, you will be awarded your apprenticeship qualification and will be offered a role in the organisation.
How have others found the experience?
14 apprentices joined LMG in our last apprenticeship programme. Of these 14 individuals, 11 are still with the business. Some of these individuals have described their experience below:
What was your experience of an LMG apprenticeship like?
"The whole experience was great and worthwhile as I now have a job which I enjoy and look forward to progressing in"
- Thomas, Frazer Newton Abbot
"Overall my experience was brilliant. It was great to get into the working world and learn how the business runs"
- Rebecca, Frazer Walsall
Lewis, Frazer Newton Abbot -
"Going to the training centre to learn about different areas of the business and even learning how to do , tiling and plumbing"
Alex, Gibbs & Dandy Luton -
"Learning how to operate counterbalance and reach forklifts. This has really helped with my confidence and motivation"
What was the highlight of your apprenticeship?
Georgia, Gibbs & Dandy Luton -
"Work hard, be willing to learn new things at all times and have confidence"
Eleanor, Gibbs & Dandy Hereford -
"Take every opportunity and have fun learning to give all our customers an amazing experience"
What advice do you have for future apprentices at LMG?
What do you do next?
If this apprenticeship sounds right for you, we would love to hear from you! In order to find out more and apply, please click below to register and submit your CV on our careers site. We will be in touch with you after your application to tell you about the next stages.
As part of the next stage of the we are conducting a short Video Interview exercise.
Make sure you have done a little research into our organisation and as this will be your first opportunity to sell yourself to us, think about how you present yourself, and the first impression you will be giving out)
To apply, we would like you to answer the following:
- Describe yourself in one sentence
- What are your strengths and weaknesses?
- Give an example of when you have worked as part of a team
- What does customer service mean to you?
- Why would you like to be an apprentice at Local Merchant Group?
You can answer these questions in either a short video or written format.
Our current opportunities can be found in:
- St Ives
If you have any questions about our apprenticeship, please email us the above email address, or alternatively call the HR team on .
We hope to hear from you soon!
Please note that we have our own recruitment marketing and search functions alongside an already agreed set of agency partners and will not accept any third party CV's/Applications from anyone unless invited to do so.