// B&Q has seen 123 apprentices complete the Retail Team Leader, Level Three apprenticeship scheme
// Apprentices aged between 61 and 20 graduated from the scheme, which was launched in 2017
B&Q has scheduled more than 600 graduates to complete apprenticeships by the end of the year, just as National Apprenticeship Week takes place.
The DIY retailer has seen 123 apprentices graduate after successfully completing the Retail Team Leader, Level Three apprenticeship scheme since 2017.
Apprentices aged between 61 and 20 graduated from the scheme, which took place at the Manufacturing and Technology Centre in Coventry.
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B&Q aims to have over 1100 colleagues taking part in apprenticeships by May 2020.
The event on Monday was attended by B&Q chief executive Graham Bell, retail director Paul Crisp and people director Andy Moat.
As well as receiving a qualification, the graduates also received a completion certificate and a Class of 2019 commemorative badge.
The event saw eight additional awards handed out, five of which were given to apprentices from across the UK who had clearly and continuously demonstrated B&Q’s brand values; Together, Simplicity, Humility, Curiosity and Excellence.
Since the launch of the store-based apprenticeships in 2017, further apprenticeships have been added across the business with 28 additional schemes including business management and leadership, legal, finance, HR and IT.
“Our colleagues are the beating heart of B&Q, and we‘re committed to their growth and development as part of our commitment to make B&Q a great place to work,” Crisp said.