In support of National Apprenticeship Week, national training provider Remit Group and global construction materials and manufacture supplier Saint-Gobain UK & Ireland have joined forces to launch a new level 4 sales apprenticeship programme.
Across the UK, Saint-Gobain works in three main sectors including construction products, building distribution and architectural and glass solutions for buildings. Following a launch in spring 2020, the new programme will see a number of apprentices enrolled nationwide, across many of Saint-Gobain’s well-known brands/businesses including British Gypsum, Jewson, Graham, Weber, Isover, Glassolutions, Saint-Gobain PAM, and Ecophon.
Saint-Gobain employs 179,000 people internationally and 16,000 in the UK & Ireland. As a testament to its people development strategy, Saint-Gobain has recently won the prestigious “Top Employer” accolade in the UK for the eighth consecutive year. The award recognises excellence in the conditions that employers create for their people and assesses learning and development opportunities, career and succession, working conditions and the overall culture of the organisation.
In the UK, Saint-Gobain has a wealth of experience and proven success in apprenticeship training. Since its launch in 2017, Saint-Gobain has made progressive use of the apprenticeship levy fund and will now add to its current offering that already includes apprenticeships that range from engineering to human resources.
Human Resources Director for Saint-Gobain UK’s manufacturing businesses David McGarry said, “Apprenticeships are a great way to learn and develop new skills. Saint-Gobain is committed to giving access to training and development opportunities for colleagues no matter what stage they are at in their career.
“Our business and the industry around us are transforming, so it’s essential that we continue to develop the right skills and knowledge to ensure we are well equipped for the future. We are now investing in an even wider and more extensive programme that will create opportunities for both our colleagues and the business. We are delighted to be working with Remit Group in this new partnership that allows us to reach out and upskill even more colleagues across our UK business.”
Of the new partnership, Sue Pittock, Remit Group, CEO said, “We are delighted to be working with Saint-Gobain who have such a strong commitment to supporting the development of their people. Apprenticeships allow organisations to unlock potential in their colleagues and upskill employees in areas that support both their commercial ambitions and their people development strategy. As a fundamental part of a talent management programme, apprenticeships are a proven and successful route for businesses to recruit, grow and retain employees within the business, to meet the needs of today and for the future.”
Announced in National Apprenticeship Week, the new level 4 sales programme will be delivered through an innovative blend of state-of-the-art on-line learning, tailored workshops with on-going interaction, and support in the workplace from Remit Group’s Development Coaches and mentors from within Saint-Gobain.