Fast-Track Assistant Manager Apprenticeship - Advanced (Level 3)

Howden Joinery Limited (Employer)

Lifetime Training Group (Training Provider)

Monthly wage £22,815.00
44.0 hours per week 44 hours per week. 8am - 5pm Monday to Friday. 8am - 12pm some Saturdays.
15 months (duration)
22 December 2021(start date)
Retail team leader (apprenticeship standard)
15 December 2021 (application closing date)
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Job Description

Howdens are currently looking for Fast Track Assistant Manager's to join their expanding team! Howdens is committed to developing our people, which means our Apprenticeships lead to great career opportunities and the chance to really make your mark.


We are looking for smart, friendly people with excellent attention to detail and a desire to learn. You will be confident, tenacious, and hungry to succeed, with a flexible approach to working and learning in a fast-paced environment.

This role requires frequent travel between Howdens depot locations within a defined area, driving license and access to a vehicle is preferable, but you must be able to travel between sites in the defined area. 

Our Fast-Track Assistant Manager Apprenticeship will enable you to develop the skills you need as an Assistant Manager, whilst completing a Level 3 Retail Team Leader Apprenticeship working in some of our local Trade depots.

Duties include:

  • You will support the Depot Manager in leading and inspiring your team to achieve and exceed sales targets through building strong working relationships with the local trade, and confidently ensure the smooth running of the depot in your Depot Managers absence
  • The purpose of the role is to develop best in class Management for the future and support the Howdens plans for growth. You start the journey as a Trainee Assistant Manager

The Fast-Track initiative provides a framework to guide the Trainee through multiple depot roles to gain a thorough understanding of the foundations of the business, before commencing a Level 3 Retail Team Leader Apprenticeship. The position demands strong leadership traits and the ability to adapt quickly to ever-changing demands.

In accordance with the above, you will be:

  • Working closely with, and ‘shadowing’, Assistant and Depot Managers in depots of different formats and levels of performance
  • You will also be required to deputise for your Depot Manager for short periods of time in order to find frequent opportunities to practice your management skills

In these situations you will be responsible for the smooth running of the Depot in the absence of the Manager.

Future Prospects

  • At Howdens there are vast career opportunities and routes for development. Our previous Fast-Track Assistant Managers have gone onto Deputy Manager, Kitchen Sales Designer and Depot Manager roles

Reality Check

  • The vacancy dates are to be used as a guide only. Should the right candidate be found, this vacancy will close early

Skills Required

  • Must have determination and patience
  • You are committed to your own development

Qualities Required

  • You are ambitious
  • You think commercially
  • You are a self-starter
  • You are resilient
  • Must be confident and self-assured

Qualifications Required

  • GCSEs at grades A*-C/9-4 (or equivalent) in maths and English
  • A Level or equivalent 

Training Provided

  • Retail Team Leader Level 3 
  • Functional Skills in maths and English (If required)
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