We’ll provide you with a solid grounding in every aspect of our business – the foundations from which you can build your career with Wolseley.
Our business is a bit out of the ordinary – we don’t have a direct competitor at Group level. This means graduates are particularly important to us. We look to provide our graduates with in-depth knowledge and experience of every aspect of our business, from branch warehouse to head office.
Our goal is to develop potential leaders who understand our business and will take it forward in the future. Employees from our graduate development programmes can be found in management positions across the Group.
Our businesses in the US and UK are currently running graduate programmes:
Ferguson believes in entry-level hiring and promotion from within. More than 90 per cent of Ferguson's branch management came through our training programme. Since 1990 the company's record for retaining trainees during their first year has been between 70 and 75 per cent. That's higher than most Fortune 500 companies.
Ferguson invests a lot of time, effort and other resources in hiring the right people. As a Ferguson associate, you are given considerable personal freedom to chart your own course to success. All career paths begin with an investment of time working in one of our branch locations. No matter which career path you select, confidence and credibility will be gained because of the foundation created by our hands-on training programme.
You won't be expected to be an expert when you join. The training programme, beginning in a branch, moves you at your own pace through every phase of the business. This hands-on experience is a critical step in establishing an in-depth understanding of how Ferguson operates and the scope of the company's products.
You'll become acquainted with our products, learn our procedures and develop invaluable contacts and friendships. We want you to have a solid foundation upon which to build and advance. It's the first stop on your career journey through multiple phases of our business.
The more knowledge you acquire, the more confidence and credibility you'll have in interacting with customers and other associates as you progress through your personal career path.
From this beginning, Ferguson's future leaders emerge. We're counting on our new trainees to take Ferguson in new directions and to new heights.
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Wolseley UK’s Management Training programme is a great opportunity for enthusiastic graduates to progress quickly within one of the largest distributors of construction products in the world.
With 950 branches nationwide and 6,500 employees, Wolseley UK is a leading distributor of plumbing and heating products and a major supplier of construction materials to the trade in the UK.
Our structured 18-month programme is designed to grow Wolseley UK’s next generation of managers by giving graduates the practical hands-on experience they need to take on a management position within 12 months.
From day one, you’ll be an important member of the team dealing with real customers and everyday situations in our busy branches. You’ll spend more time in boots and a hi-vis jacket than you will in a business suit – learning how we do business at our trade counters. Together with classroom training, assignments and support from the business, the programme will equip you with the personal and professional skills to succeed at Wolseley UK.
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