A fantastic 215 apprentices completed their apprenticeships at Howdens in 2022, a record for the trade kitchen supplier.
They were recently honoured at a graduation ceremony at the NCC in Birmingham, where graduates from across England, Scotland and Wales celebrated with their friends and family.
Two former apprentices hosted the ceremony and attendees were treated to talks from Howdens chief executive officer Andrew Livingston, regional director for Wales and the West Tim Mason, and operations director Julian Lee.
Emma Leech, early careers manager Howdens, had this to say about the apprentices’ achievements: “We are delighted to have been able to honour our apprentices at the graduation ceremony. At Howdens we are very proud of the graduates and our apprenticeship programme. We know it is the ideal way to develop people and to prepare them for a happy, productive, and rewarding career.”
The award-winning Howdens apprenticeship programme covers roles across much of its business, including within its network of more than 800 depots, logistics, manufacturing, engineering and IT.
Howdens, which has also just achieved 34th in this year’s Top 100 Apprentice Employers rankings, has opened more than 100 apprenticeship vacancies in its depots across the UK, to be filled across the summer.
Visit the company’s website to find out more about these apprenticeship opportunities.
Highlighting the Howdens approach to apprenticeships, Leech concluded: “We find new staff who understand our special way of working and contribute to the continued growth of our business.
“Our commitment is to ensure our apprentices feel valued, secure, and in a position to make a long term career at Howdens.
“From the first day’s training, right through to the integration into the workplace, our apprentices receive a warm welcome from our teams who have a genuine passion for their role and the business.”