Apprentice Yard Operative, Customer Service Chandlers Buildings Supplies Ltd

Chandlers Building Supplies, based in Ringmer are looking for an Apprentice Yard Operative to join their team. If you are an early riser, like to work as part of a team and can lift heavy goods then apply today! This is a Customer Services Apprenticeship.

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Closing date: 02 Oct 2017

Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage


  • Working week

    An average of 44.5 hours per week, 7.30am to 5pm Monday to Friday ( unpaid one hour lunch break) and alternate Saturdays 8am to Midday.

    Total hours per week: 44.50

    (the hours are based on the candidate being over 18)

  • Apprenticeship duration

    13 months

  • Possible start date

    09 Oct 2017

  • Date posted

    08 Aug 2017

  • Apprenticeship level

    Intermediate Level Apprenticeship

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available


Provide a timely, friendly and dependable collection and delivery service of products to customers ensuring that their expectations are not just met but exceeded. Although this is not a warehouse post you will be required to maintain a clean, tidy and safe yard/warehouse environment where stock can be easily identified. The successful apprentice must always be able to deliver exceptional customer service.  


  • Work effectively as part of a team promoting the company’s vision, values and aspirations at all times.
  • Build effective relationships with customers and suppliers by delivering a professional, prompt and efficient service.
  • Accurately pick and load products in line with health and safety procedures and company policy.
  • Ensure all relevant documentation is in place prior to departure in order that goods can be tracked.
  • Receive and check deliveries to the branch, highlighting any anomalies to your line manager without delay.
  • Ensure the secure, correct and timely storage of delivered products.
  • Undertake stock take duties as and when requested.
  • Work and communicate as a team member to ensure the yard operates efficiently and effectively.
  • Use and maintain plant in an appropriate manner in line with health and safety and company guidelines.
  • Actively safeguard against the theft of goods or company property by remaining security conscious at all times. 
  • Highlight low stock levels where necessary and report any damaged items.
  • Optimise all duties and activities to enhance branch profit.
  • Take a pro-active approach in ensuring the health and safety of staff and customers reporting and responding to any potential H&S concerns.
  • Perform any other reasonable duty as may be required by the company. 


  • Strive at all times to maintain and develop productive and effective relationships with customers and suppliers.  
  • Develop effective relationships with staff to create a team work environment.
  • Communicate all relevant key information across the business as appropriate.
  • Ensure that all staff are treated with dignity and respect at all times.
  • A  clean presentable appearance and courteous manner as an ambassador for the company.  


Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

The essential skills for the role include:

  • The ability to get to the workplace and be on time for 7.30am.
  • The ability to undertake heavy lifting and complete this physical role.
  • Basic English and Maths skills. The successful candidate will be required to undertake a Maths and English initial assessment to check that they would be able to complete the apprenticeship.
  • Good verbal communication skills. 

Personal qualities

The essential personal qualities include:

  • The ability to work as part of a team but also independently. 
  • The ability to understand what good customer service is. 
  • Good attention to detail.
  • Keen to work in an outside environment.
  • Always being aware of the importance of safety. 

Qualifications required

You must have Maths and English GCSEs at grade D or above, or equivalent to apply for this role.

Future prospects

Initially the apprenticeship will be completed over a 13 month period however if this is successful you will be offered a permanent contract. Chandlers Building Supplies prides itself on its high level of staff retention. The right candidate could progress onto a supervisory role within the company. Chandlers Building Supplies also welcomes internal applications for other roles within the company.

Things to consider

How will you travel to the workplace? There are no reliable public transport links to the Chandlers Building Supplies. Are you able to get up early? There will be 7.30am starts so you must be able to get to work on time. Are you happy to work in all weathers? As an Apprentice Yard Operative you will be working outside in all weathers, undertaking a very manual role. Benefits available: Group income protection, life insurance and the opportunity to earn a bonus. The current National Minimum Wage for an apprentice is £3.50 an hour. This rate applies to apprentices under 19 and those aged 19 or over who are in their first year. Apprentices must be paid at least the minimum wage rate for their age if they are aged 19 or over and have completed their first year. The minimum wage rates are £5.60 an hour for 18-20 year olds and £7.05 for anyone aged 21 and over. Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that’s part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week).

About the employer

Chandlers Building Supplies is a privately-owned, independent builders' merchant with branches across the South East of England. We offer over 20,000 individual product lines to meet the needs of all construction and refurbishment projects, large or small. Whether you require drainage fittings, or chimney pots, wood screws or concrete floor beams, we hold large stocks of all everyday building products available for delivery or collection. We have a substantial fleet of delivery vehicles ranging from crane-off load brick lorries down to small vans and pick-ups, so we are confident we can meet almost all of our customers' delivery requirements. As well as our specialist building supplies branches, we have 4 specialist roofing supplies branches in Halesowen, Coventry, Rainham and Scrubs Lane, London. We also have dedicated kitchen showrooms at Petworth and Chertsey and a 2 floor bathroom showroom at our branch in Lewes.


Chandlers Buildings Supplies Ltd


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Training provider

  • City and Guilds Level 2 Diploma in Customer Services
  • Functional Skills Level 1 in Maths, English, and ICT (exempt if already have GCSE equivalent C+ grade)
  • Personal Learning and Thinking Skills (PLTS)

Apprenticeship framework

Customer Service

Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Sussex Downs College


Katie Parris 030 300 39871

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Closing date: 02 Oct 2017