Bunzl Healthcare urges employers to reap the benefits of apprenticeships

Damar Training praised for excellence by FTSE 100 company

One of the UK’s largest distributors of medical supplies, Bunzl Healthcare, is reaping the benefits of apprenticeships and helping to drive up workforce skills in the north-west.

Through its trading division, the Care Shop, Manchester-based Bunzl Healthcare has been working in partnership with Damar Training for more than eight years to provide apprenticeships and work-based training to employees, including NVQs and diplomas in accounting, customer services, business and administration and team leading.

Simon Caton, from the Care Shop, said: “The benefits of encouraging staff to take up further training have been excellent for Bunzl. Many learners have progressed their careers and achieved promotions internally because of the skills and knowledge they have gained through learning.

“Another great benefit to Bunzl has been the retention of staff not only for the duration of their apprenticeship scheme but afterwards too which helps us reduce our staff turnover and recruitment costs. “

From its roots in Stockport, Damar Training has expanded to work with employers across Greater Manchester and in Cheshire, Lancashire and Merseyside. This year Damar is on track to deliver apprenticeship and NVQ qualifications in business skills and customer service to more than 750 people in the healthcare, legal and financial sectors.

Managing director, Jonathan Bourne, said: “our relationship with Bunzl is further evidence of the strength apprentices can bring to a business and how highly valued they are in the workplace.

“Apprenticeships are no longer just about school leavers and the ‘trades’. Anyone, at any age, can start an apprenticeship in a wide range of subjects to open up career opportunities and develop a greater understanding of their job.”

Damar and Bunzl have also developed a ‘Welcome to Work’ course which aims to introduce learners to the fundamental skills and knowledge required to be successful in any organisation and is ideal for recruits coming straight from school. Successful completion will result in the participant understanding what is expected of them in the workplace and help them climb the career ladder.

Bunzl Healthcare is one of the UK’s largest distributors of leading branded and own-brand medical consumables to all areas of the healthcare market, offering a range of traditional and bespoke supply chain solutions to meet customers’ requirements.

Bunzl, also runs a schools programme for 14-16-year-olds in which pupils take part in a one or two week varied business course and introduced to Damar Training and the variety of courses and careers available to them, offering an alternative to full time study.

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