The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has published a new Training Solutions Prospectus, which details the full programme of specialist training support available for merchants and their suppliers.
The Prospectus, which includes a number of newly added and updated courses as well as longstanding favourites, is an easy to use reference guide covering the BMF’s full training portfolio of regional, in-company, distance learning, online and modular programmes from apprenticeships to postgraduate study.
The 80-page easy to use reference guide is divided into eight sections covering management development, leadership, sales, induction and operations, apprenticeships, product knowledge, transport and specialist kitchen and bathroom courses.
An overview for each course outlines its purpose and objectives, who would most benefit, course content, duration and learning format, as well as further development opportunities for those attending. The Prospectus includes a Training Roadmap that highlights courses that work well together, and illustrates a general recommended path that will help individual’s progress from an apprenticeship to senior management.
The Prospectus also introduces the BMF’s new Apprenticeship Training Agency, BMF Merchant Apprenticeships Plus, which has been set up to make it easier for members to recruit, employ and support their apprentices. The distinctive feature of this service is that it is BMF Apprenticeship Plus that acts as the apprentice employer, placing them with a “host” member employer. Those BMF members who wish to employ their own apprentices can still make contact to find out how the ATA can advise and support them.
Richard Ellithorne, BMF membership services director, said: “BMF Training Solutions offers something for everyone, no matter what stage they are at in their career. We are undoubtedly the merchant industry specialists, not only in the course content we offer, but also in the flexible ways available to learn and enhance skills. Essentially, we have courses that can be followed any time, any place and anywhere. We offer online or distance learning modules and courses held at regional venues, including our new Regional Centres of Excellence, or In-Company, where we come to you to create a truly bespoke training service.”