With the recent National Apprenticeship Week aiming to encourage more young people to go down the apprentice route, the Halesowen branch of Chandlers Roofing Supplies is keen to highlight what a positive experience it can be.

Jack Duroe completed a successful two-year apprenticeship with the roofing supplies firm, which resulted in him being offered a job as a full-time member of the team as an internal sales co-ordinator.

During his apprenticeship, Mr Duroe spent time across all departments including the yard, the sales office and the shop. He said: “Working across the different areas of the business was a great way of learning about the vast amount of products that Chandlers stock.

“My apprenticeship really helped broaden my knowledge of the industry and I was delighted to be offered a full-time job at the end. As you get practical hands-on experience, I would certainly recommend looking into apprenticeships when deciding on career options.”

Richard Skinner, commercial director at Chandlers, said: “Apprentices in the builder’s merchant industry get to experience every aspect of the business whilst gaining a qualification at the same time. With Mr Duroe now employed full-time, the apprenticeship process has been a proven success and a benefit to the company, which we hope to repeat in the future.”