A former apprentice and now Government Ambassador for Apprenticeships and All Party Parliamentary Group for Apprenticeships Chair, Gordon Birtwistle MP, visited Harvey Reeves Road branches in Northampton.
He came to Northampton last week to meet current and past apprentices from Travis Perkins plc in the town.
Mr Birtwistle, who is keenly aware of the value of Travis Perkins' apprentice schemes, said: "I had a really interesting visit and met some very impressive Travis Perkins apprentices – everyone I met was an absolute credit to the company.
"I was really impressed with the level of trust and responsibility the apprentices had – it was great to see that they were learning key management skills and already had a sound knowledge of profit and loss and return on capital.
"I'd encourage anyone thinking of becoming an apprentice to just get out there and go for it."
Louise Powell, Head of Training at Travis Perkins plc adds: "It was fantastic to meet Mr Birtwistle and explain all about our apprenticeship schemes. Here at Travis Perkins plc, our apprenticeship programs ensure that we have really talented people at every level of our business.
"Each and every apprentice has a full time job from day one and we hope that they'll enjoy working with Travis Perkins for years to come – just like our very own Chief Executive Officer, who started out as a Travis Perkins management trainee over 35 years ago.
Tom Munkley, Year Two Management Apprentice and now Assistant Branch Manager at the Travis Perkins Wellingborough branch, also comments: "Since joining Travis Perkins plc, my confidence has really grown and I've already progressed in my career by taking on a new role.
National Apprenticeship Week 2015, which runs from March 9 -11,
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