Kingfisher targets 20,000 employees for training and education

Kingfisher has a new target for 20,000 employees to have completed an apprenticeship, traineeship or formal qualification by 2030.

The announcement comes after Kingfisher exceeded its current learning ambition two years early, with colleagues completing over 6.6 million hours of training or education, ahead of its target of five million hours by 2025.

The B&Q and Screwfix owner said that to achieve its new target it will invest in a wide range of programmes across its business and banners.

Last year, over 4,000 colleagues took part in an apprenticeship or traineeship, with courses covering retail management to software engineering and finance.

It said that many of the programmes completed by colleagues directly support their career progression within the organisation. At Screwfix, 80 per cent of store colleagues completing Level 2, 3 and 4 apprenticeships go on to become trade supervisors, assistant or branch managers.

Similarly Brico Dépôt France has created three courses to support the development of its managers, with over 1,000 colleagues currently enrolled.

B&Q also offer a variety of over 40 apprenticeship courses, with over 1800 colleagues having completed or actively learning through an apprenticeship, including Trade Supplier Level 2, Women in Leadership Level 3 and 5 and Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Practitioner Level 4.

Kate Seljeflot, chief people officer, said: “We strongly believe in supporting all our colleagues to develop their skills and reach their full potential. Investing in talent and building our skills base, particularly in growing priorities like digital and data, will be critical to our future success. Our new target underlines our Group-wide commitment to empowering our colleagues with new skills, developing future talent and creating inclusive opportunities for young people to enter the workplace.”

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