The Merchanting supplies network across the UK contributes massively to the UK economy and employs thousands of staff. The top 5 businesses alone operate from 4,000 branches and account for a combined turnover in excess of £11 Billion. However, their fortunes tend to ebb and flow in line with political commitments to construction initiatives and the general economy as a whole. The resulting effect is that recruitment, training and retention in this volatile market is always challenging.
To help respond to this industry challenge Cortexa have collaborated with their long term BMF partner to create the most ambitious and far reaching Merchant training programme ever devised. Entitled “BMF Building Blocks” the project is already in full flow to a resounding endorsement and adoption across the industry. Already well into its second year the whole undertaking is expected to complete by 2023 resulting in no less than 30 Building Blocks in total. The course topics and training completed so far are focused on the needs of new starters, apprentices and those wishing to keep their industry knowledge up to date. Offering a solid foundation of product independent knowledge and in so doing providing a joined-up approach to staff retention and career progression.
The first core courses launched:-
Each of the Building Block topics can be purchased individually with each offering in excess of 10 hours of industry specific training combined with further reading and onsite activities.
For the wider needs of the more experienced Merchanting staff, this year will see the launch of courses aimed at them. These will help to nurture and develop the talents of those already well established, offering management and financial training along with a raft of soft skills.
Cortexa is an approved online centre for NVQs and the Building Blocks Programme will be fully accredited by Occupational Awards in the near future.
If the Building Blocks initiative is of interest either at a full programme or individual course level, then contact us now. There are various routes to access these courses starting on a pay per Block for an individual learner right through to a business branded Learning Management System of your own with all the courses available to all your staff.
Inspired to act? Why not call us now on 0330 024 2881. Explore the options, review the course content in detail and see the future of Merchanting Training in the UK.