Rexel support apprentices through Reallies Merchants and Responsive Materials Framework
Rexel are supporting eleven apprentices through the Reallies Merchants and Responsive Materials Framework by providing starter toolkits and ongoing training and mentoring.
Three of these apprentices have now gained employment. Wayne Lango, Alex Tyrie and Will Doleman have been recruited by Re:vision (a subsidiary charity of Procure Plus Holdings) through their partnership with local employment groups: YES Manchester, the Broughton Trust and Salford Search. The local employment groups worked with these candidates to overcome their barriers to work, preparing them for interviews and employment. All three apprentices are working for construction companies on the Reallies Framework.
Wayne is an electrical apprentice with Mears working to improve properties for Northwards Housing. Wayne had always wanted to be an electrician like his father. At school he didn’t reach his potential and was often in trouble, finding it hard to concentrate in class and not doing well at his GCSE’s. Wayne went to college to undertake a Level two mechanics qualification but dropped out after eight months. He then worked for UniBox for six months before being laid off on his 18th Birthday due to lack of available work. Wayne then struggled to find a job and became long term unemployed, but continued to apply for jobs and apprentice opportunities without success. This led to Wayne becoming very demotivated, with low self esteem when he signed up to YES Manchester for help.
With financial support from Re:vision, YES Manchester were able to help Wayne with him one-to-one coaching, which boosted his confidence and self esteem. They helped him to prepare a CV and provided interview skills training. Re:vision then arranged an interview for the apprenticeship opportunity with Mears. Wayne impressed at the interview and was offered a position and started his electrical apprenticeship in September 2017.
When Wayne stared his apprenticeship, he was delighted to receive a tool kit from Re:vision made possible through the Rexel UK Limited sponsorship. Wayne said: “Getting the apprenticeship was amazing I am determined to work hard and be worthy of the faith that everyone at YES, Re:vison, Rexel and Mears have shown in me. The toolkit is fantastic, it is just what I needed. I know I would never have had this opportunity without all this support”
Due to Rexel’s sponsorship, Wayne continues to do well in his apprenticeship. Both his supervisor at Mears and his college tutor are very pleased with his progress and motivation. Wayne receives ongoing mentoring support from the Re:vision team.
Alex could not find an apprenticeship opportunity, so he went to college hoping that they would help him find an employer while he started his training. After completing an electrical installations diploma at Salford City College, Alex was still unable to secure an apprenticeship and complete his qualification. Alex felt let down and the numerous rejections he received had a very negative impact, knocking his confidence. Alex sought support from Salford Search and the Broughton Trust. They worked hard to rebuild Alex’s confidence and when they felt he was ready they put him forward to Re:vision for an Electrical Apprenticeship opportunity with A B Electrical. Alex started his apprenticeship on 3 January 2018.
Re:vision liaised with Salford College and arranged for Alex to complete his apprenticeship where he is doing extremely well refining his skills, and gaining experience working as part of a team responsible for improving the housing stock of Salix Homes in Salford.
Simon Crewe,Commercial Manager at A.B.Electrical, said: “The work undertaken by Re:vision with their local employment group partners is key to sourcing candidates from the local communities where we work. We are delighted with how Alex has fitted into the team and confident the he will have a great career with us in the future.”
Alex said: “This opportunity is great for me. I have always wanted to be an electrician. I live in a Salix Homes property and I’m proud to be improving other tenant’s homes in Salford and putting some good back into the community”.
As with all Rexel sponsored apprentices Alex has received a toolkit and will continue to receive mentoring support for Re:vision.
Fiona Sharp, Operations Director at Re:vision, said: “Alex’s situation is not unusual, we come across many young people who have completed a diploma and who are still unable to secure employment. As a result of the funding we have received from Rexel we are able to make a difference and support employers and their apprentices, putting a stop to wasted talent.”
Will was NEET (not in education, employment or training). After leaving school he started a business studies course but couldn’t secure employment on completion. He worked as a labourer for a while, but the work was inconsistent. Will was unsure of what he wanted to do, becoming very demotivated and lacking in enthusiasm. Will started to work with YES Manchester, who helped him with his motivation and looked at his skills and abilities. They gave him advice and guidance and Will’s confidence grew. Will decided he was interested in an electrical apprenticeship, however, his education was not of the standard that a college would accept, and he would have to do a test to prove he could complete the course. YES helped Will with his Maths and English and he passed the test required. Due to his lack of experience, YES and Re:vison suggested that he complete some work experience. Will impressed in his work experience with Mears and at the end was asked to apply for an electrical apprenticeship. Although his work experience was unpaid, Will’s benefits were unaffected and he received expenses. Will is now an Electrical Apprentice with Mears.
Paula Law, Recruitment Manager at Mears, said: “We are delighted with Will, we know that candidates put forward by YES and Re:vision have had a lot of support and are always well prepared for work when they come to us. Re:vision continue to support the apprentices and ourselves to ensure that they have the best chance of success and complete their apprenticeships. The toolkits the apprentices receive are excellent”
Will really appreciates all the support he has received from YES, Re:vison and the sponsorship from Rexel saying: “all the work I did with YES and the pre-interview preparation with Re:vison really helped to settle my nerves as I hadn’t had many interviews previously. When I was offered the work trial, I was determined to show Mears that I was hard working and reliable. I can’t tell you how much this opportunity means to me and my future, I’m really enjoying my time as an electrical apprentice learning all the skills I need to become qualified.”
Diane Roberts, Chief Executive at YES said: “Many of our clients require help with employability skills and the support from Re:vision and sponsors like Rexel is vital in enabling YES to achieve our goal of getting local residents into work. Re:vision also helps employers to understand the challenges and barriers our clients may need to overcome to sustain their employment.”
Rexel’s continued support of Reallies will lead to many more success stories like these. Reallies actively works with other companies on its frameworks to support and encourage more apprenticeships in the sector.
About Rexel UK Limited
Rexel are one of the leading suppliers of electrical products in the UK. We are committed to ensuring that we conduct our business in a responsible and sustainable manner. Taking care of our customers, suppliers, employees, the wider community and the environment with a high standard of business integrity are all essential to the ongoing success of our organisation.
The principles of Corporate Social Responsibility Policy permeate through every aspect of our organisation. Our policy is built on four pillars that reflect Rexel’s approach to Social Value:
2. Working with our Suppliers – Sourcing with Integrity
3. Working with Local Communities
4. Supporting Our Employees
These are achieved through partnerships with our customers to bring real value to the communities in which our branches reside.
Since April 2016 Reallies has spent £43,502 on toolkits for apprentices.
About Procure Plus and Re:vision
Procure Plus is a regeneration consortium of social housing providers based in the North West and is a Reallies Partner.
Re:vision is the charity subsidiary division of Procure Plus, working to support local people who are distanced from the labour market, into employment. We work with Local Employment Groups (LEGS) who are community groups, job clubs, social enterprises and other similar organisations actively engaged with their local community. They provide a support provision that helps to prepare individuals for the world of work. Re:vision works with and supports these organisations, providing grant funding for their activities and quality measures which may also result in the provision of training to help further improve their service.