Wolseley UK is pleased to announce the launch of its 2016 sales graduate programme designed to bring the best fresh talent into the heating and plumbing industry.

Open for submissions and expected to attract over 2,000 applications this year, the coveted 18-month scheme offers 10 talented graduates a brilliant career opportunity with the heating and plumbing distributor.

The programme immerses individuals into the Wolseley UK business and its brands such as Plumb Center, Pipe Center and Burdens. Divided into two sections, it offers training as well as practical experience from day one. The first six months are spent in branch, teaching graduates the ins and outs of branch operations management. This is an experience that shows first-hand how Wolseley UK offers customers top service.

The next 12 months are spent out in the field where graduates have the opportunity to strengthen their business, management and sales skills through various training options, courses and shadowing opportunities with Wolseley UK employees. Graduates are also asked to develop a commercially focused piece of work, and will be given advice and the support necessary to make it a real success.

Wolseley UK HR director Sally-Anne Griffiths said: “We want to create a talent pipeline to meet the future needs of the business and our graduate programme plays an important role in that. The programme’s diverse training and on-the-job experience sets Wolseley UK apart in the industry and is one of the many reasons why we are an employer of choice.”

Kerri Morris, 25, from Solihull recently graduated from the 2014 programme and is now an ecommerce project manager with Wolseley UK. She said: “The graduate programme involves a lot of hands-on experience in branch and in the warehouse. From serving customers, stock management and building relationships with contracted customers, it’s fair to say no day was the same. I also had the opportunity to meet and work with senior management and understand the workings of the business.”