Directing surplus stock and any re-usable materials from customer sites to worthy causes

Travis Perkins

Builder’s merchant Travis Perkins has united with Recipro to support the online exchange company’s efforts to direct surplus stock and any re-usable materials from customer sites to worthy causes. The objective of this partnership is to not only reduce wastage and improve environmental practices, but for Travis Perkins to support the community projects Recipro works with on a daily basis.

The UK construction industry generates 90 million tonnes of waste per annum with fourteen per cent of this waste comprising of stock which is never used and simply disposed of. Recipro was launched to provide a link between these unwanted materials and the community projects which desperately need them . Through the help of Travis Perkins branches and identified construction sites, Recipro will now be collecting donations to make available through its reuse centres in Wirral, London, Cardiff, and shortly Swansea, and via its website.

John Leader, Head of Waste Management Solutions at Travis Perkins, commented: “Waste disposal continues to be a hot button topic within the industry and we are always striving for new and innovative ways to reduce our wastage. Working closely with Recipro has allowed us to not only reduce our landfill costs but also gives us the peace of mind that surplus materials are going towards worthwhile causes such as community groups, charities and schools.  Working with Recipro is just another example of how Travis Perkins strives to support local tradesmen and worthy causes.”

Rebecca Owens of Recipro added: “Having a working relationship with a merchant such as Travis Perkins is testament to the seriousness of waste disposal in the construction industry and highlights the simple solutions which are available to help combat this ongoing issue.

Donations from Travis Perkins branches will help us to support a great many more community projects in need.”

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Building firms ‘should be required to take on apprentices’

building firms

Research by the Travis Perkins Group reveals that 70% of UK homeowners believe that building firms with a turnover of over £500,000 should be required to take on an apprentice each year.  The results of the survey of nearly 1,100 UK homeowners was carried out in the run-up to National Apprenticeship Week, which ran from 3rd to 7th March.

The Travis Perkins Group, whose businesses supply firms and tradesmen in the building sector, has long been a strong proponent of apprenticeships, with some of its top executives, including new Chief Executive, John Carter, coming up through the ranks of its own management apprenticeship programme.  The company has announced that it is recruiting 138 new management apprentices throughout the company, which would bring the total currently working in various functions within the group to almost 300.

Other key findings of the research include:

  • 55% believe government should pay for a year’s apprenticeship for young people (aged 19 to 24) to come into the building trade;
  • 48% say there should be a special government scheme to help people re-train later in life;
  • 64% think there should be a special government programme targeted at the long-term unemployed to train them in building skills and get them placed in apprenticeships;
  • 53% feel the Government should promote the building trade as a high-skill, high-status profession.

Carol Kavanagh, Group Human Resources Director at the Travis Perkins Group, commented: “We recognise that skills and training are not only the lifeblood of the industries and trades that we serve but also of our own company.  We believe we have a responsibility to the building industry to put a marker in the ground and support apprenticeships in the trades, as well as to ensure that we nurture the next generation of talent within our own company.  Our scheme has significant heritage and meaning in the Travis Perkins Group and has provided many generations of excellent managers, including some who developed into very senior roles and also became members of the executive board over the years.”

“This research demonstrates that the consumers who deal with builders and tradesmen still place a great value on the skills and abilities that individual companies can nurture within their teams.  The results indicate that homeowners want to see building firms, and the Government, throwing their weight behind apprenticeships and related programmes to guarantee that the people carrying out works have the skills necessary to do the best job and to professionally thrive.”