The Worshipful Company of Builders’ Merchants and the Rainy Day Trust have formed a partnership to provide support in training, education and career development for young people in the industry.

The two organisations are promoting the benefits of careers in merchanting or manufacturing and are keen to support those that may need financial support, help or direction in learning more and building their qualifications and experience.

The Master of the WCoBM, Brian Blanchard, is particularly keen to promote training and education in his year and build awareness of the varied and exciting job opportunities in the industry.

He said: “We’re excited and pleased to be working closely with the Rainy Day Trust. Together we will be able to reach out to young people looking to learn new skills and progress their careers, and provide the support they need to help them achieve their goals. We will be developing grants, bursaries and other similar initiatives that will open up opportunities for individuals to take advantage of apprenticeship programmes for example, or new training courses.”

Chief Executive of the Rainy Day Trust, Bryan Clover added: “I believe prevention is better than cure. So if we can give young people the skills they need to get a permanent job and get them on the right career path from an early stage, they stand a better chance of success and progression, and less chance of being made redundant.

"Working in partnership with the WCoBM helps fill an important gap. While the Trust has the means to develop and deliver the programmes and support to young people, we lack the network, which is where the WCoBM’s help will make all the difference. The WCoBM and the Rainy Day Trust share the same core values, drive and ambition to help young people succeed in life. The Company’s support will help us to reach different parts of the industry. And through our lean way of working, we make sure that as far as possible all donations received are used on the cause and not lost in admin work or similar. This is an important part of how our charity works.”

To find out more about how the WCoBM is supporting the industry, visit and watch its new "Build A Career" video. For more information about the Rainy Day Trust, visit