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Apprenticeships


This is your opportunity to start, or progress, your career in an industry-leading business.

We can offer you the training and expert support you need to broaden your knowledge and gain employable skills in areas of the business that interest you most. 

Our apprenticeships aren’t just for entry level roles or for trade-based careers. We’re planning to roll out apprenticeships up to senior leadership level and across a range of functions. 

Whichever apprenticeship you choose, you'll need to be motivated, ambitious and up for working in a fast-paced and diverse environment. We'll give you plenty of support but we also expect you to be self motivated in taking ownership of your development.

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    • Anyone with the right attitude and a keen interest in learning, regardless of age, gender or background. You’ll need to be able to commit to at least 30 hours per week to qualify. We’re offering you the opportunity to learn a new skills set so, if you already have a qualification that’s on the same level as the apprenticeship, we may need to question your eligibility.
    • Plenty. Your Line Manager will be on hand on a daily basis to coach and support you with any challenges you face, as well as giving you the opportunity to put your skills into practice.
      You’ll also be assigned an Apprentice Mentor who’ll visit you at least four times a year. They’ll assess your work and make sure you’re on the right track. They’ll also be at the end of the phone, in between visits, if you need any extra support.
      Our Facilitators will deliver the workshop elements of your programme and we have an Apprentice admin team to help you with any day-to-day issues.
    • Throughout your programme you’ll be pulling together a portfolio of evidence that shows all of your learning as you go along. This will contribute to your End Point Assessment (EPA). An EPA is a series of activities you’ll need to do to demonstrate what you’ve learned. These tasks are specific to the apprenticeship programme you’re on.
  • Absolutely. All our apprenticeship programmes offer nationally-recognised qualifications where you’ll be awarded a pass, merit or distinction grade. Our management programmes may offer an extra option to allow you to study towards a diploma with the Chartered Management Institute.
  • You can apply for an apprenticeship with Wickes by either searching for apprenticeship roles on our job search or registering your interest via this link, someone will be in touch with you within the next 7 days.
  • Once your application has been assessed you’ll be contacted by one of our team to let you know if you’ve made it through to the next stage. The details of this next stage varies according to the apprenticeship programme you’ve applied for.
  • It’s celebration time. Not just for you but for your Line Manager and for everyone who’s helped you on the way. It’s up to you what you do with your new-found skills. You might want to look for promotion opportunities or become an in-role expert. Either way, you’ll have made a public statement about your commitment to your career.
  • Financially? Nothing. Our apprenticeship training is financed by our company levy. We’ll also cover any expenses that relate to your learning. All we ask in return is your commitment to the programme and the time you dedicate to the learning and development of your career. It should be a win-win arrangement. You gain skills and knowledge and put these to good use to drive performance across your business area and we benefit from you delivering projects that positively impact what we do. We often talk about the ‘family feel’ at Wickes. Our apprenticeships are opportunities for us to encourage and support as you grow and, as you do, we invite you to challenge the way we do things, take risks and learn what works for you.

Discover the different apprenticeships programmes we offer below

  • Becoming a DC with Wickes - Level 3
  • Stepping into management - Level 3
  • Distributing our products - Level 2
  • Delivering our products - Level 2
  • Customer Experience Apprenticeship - Level 2
  • Managing a team (or equivalent) - Level 3 - coming soon!
  • Leading a business (or equivalent) - Level 5 - coming soon!
  • Leading leaders (or equivalent) - Level 6 - coming soon!

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ELearning

Our Learning & Development website (L&D) is, as the name implies, your one-stop-shop for everything to do with learning and development at Wickes. 

You’ll find access to heaps of information, online courses, resources, workshops and internal opportunities to help kickstart, develop and further your career.  Why not take a look around and be sure to visit the Hot News icon to see the latest L&D updates.

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What’s your role at Wickes?I am a Regional Leader,  I look after an area of stores across the South East and London. Tell us a little bit about your background. How did you end up working at Wickes?I previously spent 10 years working in the food retail sector in various roles and wanted to try something new and a little bit different. I instantly became addicted to the fantastic culture in Wickes and the opportunities it has brought for myself and my team. I started 4 years ago as a Store Manager and have been a Regional leader since Jan 2020. What makes a typical day at Wickes for you?I spend most of my day visiting my store teams, understanding how their business is performing, and both encouraging and looking for opportunities to improve the shopping experience for our customers, whilst keeping our stores safe and legal. What do you love about your job?Bit of a cliche but genuinely no two days are the same, this has taught me a wide variety of skills and experience. I love talking with a wide variety of people from colleagues to customers, and I enjoy supporting colleagues as they grow towards their future career goals. What makes Wickes a great place to work? What advice would you give to someone who wants to work at Wickes? The inclusivity of our business is our greatest quality, so the best advice I can give is to be yourself, embrace the fun and friendly culture, and be open to both sharing and hearing great ideas from our colleagues.

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8/26/2020

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What's your role at Wickes?I am an Operations Procurement Manager. I sit within the Store Operations Department under the Cost Control team. Tell us a little bit about your background. How did you end up working at Wickes?I initially started with Wickes as a part-time colleague in stores whilst I was at University but it soon became clear to me that I wanted to stay on and build my career in Wickes. After earning my degree, I started taking on more roles in-store and became full time. I was exploring my options both in-store and out of stores as I found out that there was a wide variety of roles available within Wickes and that’s how I made my way to the Support Centre. I have now had three different roles within the Support Centre (working my way up within Store Operations) and I’m loving my time with Wickes even more. What makes a typical day at Wickes for you?I’m involved (to varying degrees) in all new stores, refits and all the ranges reviews that take place in stores so you’ll probably find me in a meeting! Joking aside, there is a lot of interacting with our suppliers (building relationships and keeping on top of all the projects going on) and with lots of different teams in the Support Centre. All the while, I have to make sure we’re getting the best work for the best price. It’s such a varied role and you get to talk to and work with so many people. What do you love about your job?It’s got to be the fact I get to interact and work with so many different people. It’s great to be able to meet so many people from teams across the Support Centre. What makes Wickes a great place to work? What advice would you give someone who wants to work at Wickes?I really enjoy the flexibility and the culture Wickes offers. Both in-store and in the Support Centre there is so much opportunity to learn and grow as well as having a life outside of work. Everyone is so supportive and lovely, it’s amazing what you can achieve with the right culture! My advice to someone who wants to work at Wickes is: do it! Jump in with both feet and don’t be afraid to say yes to any and all opportunities that come your way.

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