Hard work pays off for former apprentice Euan Anderson

We speak to Euan Anderson on his new full-time position

“I am delighted to become a full-time employee at the Newcastle branch following my year-long apprenticeship in warehousing. Having left school, I was 17 when I embarked on the apprenticeship and it has set me onto the right path. To be honest like a lot of young people I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do but I am now the proud possessor of a BTEC qualification from awarding body, the Electrical Distributors Association (EDA). I really enjoyed my year of learning, working with the team in the warehouse, checking all the goods, packaging and sorting out customer orders.

A representative from the EDA used to come out and visit me once a month and I was provided with a booklet to document what I was doing within the warehouse. I was thrilled when, at the successful completion of the year, I was offered the role as a full-time employee by my branch manager, Tony Brumwell. I said yes, immediately! I wanted to remain because I work with a really great bunch of people and I can see a progression route. Ideally, in the next couple of years I would like to move more into sales and ultimately become a manager.

I am also a local lad from Kenton, Newcastle, so working locally is a bonus! The apprenticeship was great because I was able to start at the bottom and it has given me the opportunity to learn so much about the importance of the warehouse and its crucial role in the smooth running of the business as a whole. I will be on-hand to offer advice and guidance to our new warehouse apprentice Andrew Aitchison as he steps into my old role. He will be working alongside an encouraging and supportive team!

Overall, this has been a great opportunity for me and I can definitely recommend the apprenticeship route.”