B&Q backed for jobs and training

A LOCAL B&Q store have shown off their innovative approach to their local MP.

Mark Menzies MP visited B&Q on Whitehills Business Park to learn more about the way the UK’s leading home improvement and garden centre retailer works.

While being shown around the store Mark was interested to hear about the company’s diversity policy, which means a quarter of B&Q’s workforce is over the age of 50 years, with a similar percentage under the age of 25.  

He met Frank Edmundson, 73, and Andrew Folder, 16, the store’s oldest and youngest employees.

Mark was also particularly interested to hear how B&Q is skilling up its workforce.

Having invested more than £1 million into nationally recognised apprenticeships and City and Guild’s qualifications for its staff nationwide, Mark was given the opportunity to see what this means in Fylde when he met with John Hay who has recently received his Retail NVQ.

John Fleming B&Q Blackpool Store Manager says:

“It was great to meet our new MP and talk to him about what B&Q has to offer as a local employer and business in the area.  We’re looking forward to seeing Mr Menzies in our store again and wish him every success with his new post.”

Mark added: “It was great to meet so many enthusiastic and positive staff at B&Q.  It’s good to see a business which employs so many local people and puts so much effort into training and work-related learning which will stand their employees in good stead for life.”

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