Travis Perkins, Britain’s largest supplier of building materials, beneﬁted from its status as an Employer/Provider – supported by OAL – when planning and delivering an EPA in Retail Level 2.
“As an Employer/Training provider, we are able to provide the training that meets the needs of our business, as well as the sector we work in,” explained Andy Rayner, Apprenticeship Programme Delivery Manager, at Travis Perkins. “We are able to ensure that the training we deliver is designed to resolve business challenges.”
OAL’s support in completing the EPA process was described as “invaluable”. Andy added: “Just understanding the whole process of apprenticeships is a challenge. This can be overcome by talking to others who are already working in the Apprenticeship world and the team at OAL have been particularly helpful with this.”
“They provided training for our team Mentors and Facilitators and helped in how we prepare apprentices for EPA,” said Andy. “It was great that OAL’s support was ﬂexible and speciﬁcally designed around our needs.”
Travis Perkins even recruited a new team to run its apprenticeship programme. New colleagues beneﬁted from a series of training courses, including: induction, business training in its branch locations and assessor training. This culminated in a Training, Assessment and Quality Assurance (TAQA) qualiﬁcation.
So far, about 25 apprentices have completed the Retail EPA and several hundred more are currently on the training programme, which is assessed by OAL. Travis Perkins employs more than 28,000 staff across 20 individual companies.
Meanwhile, Travis Perkins also recently celebrated its ﬁrst apprentice to complete an EPA in Supply Chain and Warehouse Operation. After starting the Apprenticeship standard just over a year ago, the apprentice passed with a Distinction last month.