20 trainees accepted onto Ireland’s first Builder’s Merchants Sales Traineeship

04 Dec 2018

Some 17 men and 3 women have been accepted onto Ireland’s first builder merchant’s sales traineeship programme from CIF Corporate Partner Grafton Merchanting ROI

Grafton Merchanting ROI, Ireland’s largest builder’s merchant, announced 20 trainees have been accepted onto Ireland’s first Builder’s Merchants Sales Traineeship programme. The QQI accredited programme, which is run by Grafton Merchanting ROI in conjunction with the Dublin and Dún Laoghaire Education and Training Board (DDLETB), aims to create a pipeline of skilled entry level Trade Sales Advisors within Grafton Merchanting ROI brands including Chadwicks, Heiton Buckley, Davies and The Panelling Centre.

Patrick Atkinson, CEO of Grafton Merchanting ROI, pictured with Wayne Gilmore, age 23 and Lauren Doyle, age 20 two of Ireland’s first trainees as Grafton Merchanting ROI announced 20 trainees being accepted onto Ireland’s first Builder’s Merchants Sales Traineeship programme. Pic. Robbie Reynold

The inaugural class of trainees consists of 17 men and 3 women. Throughout the 26-week traineeship programme, each trainee will gain the skills and knowledge needed in trade sales to have a long and successful career.

Trainees will receive training in customer service, retail sales, IT skills, health and safety, and stock control as well as mentoring from experienced staff in their chosen branches. Trainees will also receive a Safe Pass Card and a Manual Handling certificate.*

On-the-job learning will then take up the remainder of the course time with participants assigned to mentors in their chosen branch. It is anticipated that Grafton Merchanting ROI will take on the 20 trainees across their Dublin branches as part of this programme. All trainees will be offered interviews with Grafton Merchanting ROI at the end of the programme.

Speaking at the announcement CEO of Grafton Merchanting ROI, Patrick Atkinson said:

“The Builders Merchants Sales Traineeship programme has been launched during a significant period of growth for Grafton Merchanting ROI, with upgrades to current stores taking place this year and next. We pride ourselves on the level of industry knowledge and relevant educational history our employees have, and as consumer demand continues to grow, this traineeship facilitates Grafton Merchanting ROI to add a consistent stream of new, educated and hardworking staff into our various stores across the country.”

“Grafton Merchanting has a proud history of providing people, both first time job seekers and experienced professionals, with career opportunities. We provide staff with the best merchanting education possible and strong career growth opportunities within the organisation, and have a tremendous employee retention as a result. We look forward to working with the inaugural group of trainees and wish them the best of luck for their upcoming traineeship.”


Each trainee who completes the traineeship will receive: Minor Awards QQI level 4 in Customer Service (4N1989), Retail Sales Techniques (4N1183( and Workplace Safety (4N1124), Safe Pass card and Manual Handling certificate.

Schedule for trainees

Week 1

  • Induction Tallaght Training Centre (TTC)

Week 2-5

  • Customer Service (TTC with Grafton Merchanting ROI input)
  • SAFEPASS/ Manual Handling

Week 6-20

  • 2 days per week TTC
  • 3 days per week work practice (Grafton)
  • Work Place Safety
  • Retail Sales Techniques

Week 21-26

  • 1 day per week TTC
  • 4 days per week work practice (Grafton Merchanting ROI)
  • Formal Job Interviews (Grafton Merchanting ROI)
  • Career Planning/ CV Preparation/ Interview Skills

About Grafton Merchanting:

Grafton Merchanting is Ireland’s leading building merchanting company with 49 stores in the Republic of Ireland. It employs 1,300 people and offers unrivalled value, service, expertise and knowledge to the sector. Grafton Merchanting has contributed to the fabric of everyday life in Ireland for 200 years, supplying products and building materials to homes, hotels, buildings and transport networks throughout the country. Grafton Merchanting currently operates the Chadwicks, Heiton Buckley, The Panelling Centre, Sam Hire, Plumb Centre, Telfords, Cork Builders Providers, and Davies builders’ and plumbers’ merchanting businesses in the Republic of Ireland.  Grafton Merchanting is part of Grafton Group plc.

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