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DANIEL’S STORY

Daniel joined Grafton Merchanting GB in August 2015 at the age of 18, hoping to find a new, exciting challenge after college. Three years on and he remains an integral part of our team. This is what he said about his time here;

“I was made aware of the opportunity with Grafton Merchanting through a family member who worked for the company. They had spoken highly about their time here and I was excited to get started to see if it could benefit my career.

The process into the position was seamless and made me feel extremely comfortable; shortly after providing my CV, I was given an interview. That day I was offered the job, started work a week later and have been supported every step of the way since.

APPRENTICES

Although most of my training was done at work, on the job, I was provided with access to Grafton Merchanting GB’s online learning which guided me through a variety of e-learning modules. This helped to accelerate my progress and enhanced skills like working independently and organising my time.

I mostly enjoy the camaraderie of working as part of team during activities such as; supplier meetings, a tender process and project management. It means I am constantly learning from others around me, whilst feeling part of something.

My favourite aspect of working at Grafton Merchanting GB? If you work hard and show enthusiasm, you will be rewarded. I completed my apprenticeship a year ahead of schedule, when I won the ‘Apprentice of the Year’ award and shortly after I was promoted to sales. I have immensely enjoyed my time at Grafton Merchanting GB – it has provided me with structure and helped me to form some great relationships along the way. It has allowed me to pursue interests outside of work, such as my football coaching and has provided me with the drive to pursue a career in the industry and progress through the ranks.”

Grafton Merchanting GB Quote on Apprenticeships;
“Grafton's success is built on having great people doing a fantastic job, day in day out. Apprenticeships are an important part of our strategy for finding and developing talented and ambitious young people. We have over 50 Apprentices working through their programmes at any one time and plan to increase this number significantly over the next few years”.

Adrian Rowley | Learning and Development Manager | Grafton Merchanting GB