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Howarth Timber Does Apprenticeship Week

It's Apprenticeship Week. Find out what you could gain from doing an Apprenticeship with us at Howarth Timber.

At the start of March, we celebrate Apprenticeship Week. This Government initiative week looks at the impact of apprenticeships and what they mean to British businesses, as well as the benefits they bring to potential apprentices. They offer hands-on vocational learning that develops skills lasting a lifetime, allowing talented people to train at various levels and develop a great understanding of an industry, and earn a qualification along the way.  

Running alongside National Careers Week, Apprenticeship Week is an ideal time for us to speak to one of our talented former apprentices and find out what makes it such a great prospect! At Howarth Timber & Building Supplies, we have a proud history of offering Apprenticeships, giving a kick-start to careers in the fast-paced world of building & construction supplies. 

To find out more, we caught up with Danny at our Ashton branch to find out his thoughts. Danny currently works as an Internal Sales Executive but began his journey with us as an Apprentice.


Why did you decide to apply for an apprenticeship?

I read up on apprenticeships and knew It was a good route to get a qualification as well as experience!

What were your expectations about the apprenticeship?  

I wasn’t sure at the time, I didn’t know too much about them. But I’m keen on development, so I knew It could only be good for the future.

What kinds of things did you do as part of your apprenticeship? What was your role on a typical day?

I worked as a yard operative which was a really varied role. It included serving customers, loading and unloading vehicles and replenishing stock.

Do you think you’d be where you are today if you’d followed a different path, other than an apprenticeship? 

I can’t be sure, but I do know that completing my apprenticeship has definitely helped me along the way!

What is your current Job Title?

I work as an Internal Sales Executive at the Ashton branch.  

What has been your progression through the company since your apprenticeship? 

I started off working in the yard gaining experience and dealing with customers on a daily basis. This gives a fantastic grounding in the products, and there’s a lot to learn. I was trained to use the saws and the forklift trucks, then after a year or 2 my manager approached me and asked if I would be interested in more development, in this case, training to drive the HGVs. I did, so I was put through the heavy goods test and passed with the Hiab license!

What happened next? 

After a further year, I was eager to learn more, so I moved into the shop and office area where I learned the computer system and gained confidence on the phones. Then I was successful in applying for the North West Contracts office role. I am currently at our Ashton branch in an internal sales role, where we have smashed all previous sales targets in this financial year, and onwards!

What advice would you give to a young person who is considering applying for an apprenticeship with Howarth Timber? What do you think they should know, or need to know?

 I would definitely recommend an apprenticeship with Howarth Timber, the mindset is to progress from within and there is always progression as long as you’re willing to put the work in. I’d say just always be willing to learn and progress!

Apprenticeships have proven time and time again to be a great opportunity for candidates to train as they go, experiencing a more in-depth understanding than more traditional ‘classroom’ style learning. They also bring a host of benefits to the business as well, bringing more fresh talent to the industry and providing them with a vast toolkit of skills at an early stage.



Want to find out more? You’ll find all the current vacancies at Howarth Timber & Building Supplies on our Careers page, or for more information on Careers Week, visit the NCW website.