NMBS is supporting and helping promote the Worshipful Company of Builders’ Merchants’ (WCOBM) Bursary scheme.

The WCOBM provides bursaries of up to £2,000 per person to help young people in the industry with training, development and skills training.

Working in partnership with the Rainy Day Trust, WCOBM bursaries can be used towards any course that is directly related to any work carried out at a builders’ merchant, or with a supplier to builders’ merchants.

The scheme is part of the WCOBM’s wider #BuildACareerWithoutLimits campaign, which aims to promote the construction industry to young people as the potential source of an exciting, varied career where they can develop new skills and qualifications.

NMBS is sending promotional flyers advertising the bursaries to all its members, as well as email communications reminding them of the options available for younger members of their team who may be looking to grow their skills.

The buying group is also giving out eco-friendly bamboo coffee mugs advertising the scheme.

NMBS Commercial Director Andy Hextall presented Simon McElrea, Operations and Purchasing Manager at Frank Howard Tools & Fixings, with one of these bamboo mugs at a recent NMBS committee meeting (picture).

Speaking about the bursary scheme, Andy Hextall said: “Everyone in the merchant industry knows how important it is that we promote ourselves to young people, and that we offer those just starting out in their careers every possible opportunity for development.

“The bursary offered by the WCOBM and the Rainy Day Trust is a fantastic scheme that can make a real difference across the sector, and NMBS is delighted to support and promote it in any way we can.”

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