Train4TradeSkills News: B&Q owner Kingfisher to create thousands of new jobs

As the popularity of DIY grows in the UK, so does the companies selling DIY products. As DIY giant Kingfisher, owner of B&Q and Screwfix, announce it is creating over a thousand new jobs.

Kingfisher has announced big profits and that is expanding it’s UK empire to create 1,200 new jobs in the UK this year.

1,000 new jobs will be created at trade tools supplier Screwfix, with the remaining 230 jobs created at Focus DIY stores, after Kingfisher bought out the DIY chain, which went into administration this year.

The new jobs that Kingfisher will create come after the news that the owner of B&Q recorded big profits in the first six months of 2011, with 24% growth (£439 million) in the first half of the year.

That’s why the company is investing £130 million in the UK this year, four times the money spent in 2010, as the popularity of its stores like B&Q continue to increase.

The 1200 new jobs that Kingfisher intends to create could be of use to some Train4TradeSkills, albeit indirectly. We have had students on Train4TradeSkills Radio, our student radio station, talk about how working in an electrical or plumbing wholesalers has helped them with their course.

Aston Skinner appeared on Train4TradeSkills Radio in April, and said:

“Before Train4TradeSkills I actually worked in a plumbing merchants for three years, selling on the counter and that’s what gave me the idea to want to change and to actually go out on the tools and do plumbing.

I knew a lot of plumbers that were coming in and out of the shop and I went round asking people that I got to know for plumbing work experience. It took me a while and eventually someone said to me I am looking for an apprentice now and it went from there.”

Trainee electrician Karl works in an electrical wholesalers and found that has helped with his electrician course. Karl told Train4TradeSkills Radio:

“It’s helped me a lot as I can discuss things with my customers so I’m getting a bit of advice from them and I’ve got a background knowledge of all the products and everything. It’s all the regulations I need to learn as I have a good knowledge of all the products. It’s just basically the law side of things and the work.”

You can listen to Karl, Aston and all of the other Train4TradeSkills Radio shows at  

You can also read the student interviews at


About Train4tradeSkills

Train4TradeSkills offer the only trade training skills courses that combine three great ways to learn, through a unique blend of book based theory, practical workshops and virtual reality PC based training, to help you qualify you as a plumber, electrician or gas engineer. No other learning provider offers our unique way to study, with full tutor support, easy to follow, step by step modules. Once you complete one part of the course and return your work for marking, the next stage of the course automatically follows. It’s as easy as that. It’s fun, it’s easy to follow... and it can be fitted around your existing work and family commitments!

Posted on September 16, 2011, in construction jobs, construction news, DIY, Electrical News, electrician, electrician courses, electrician jobs, plumbing, plumbing courses, plumbing jobs, Plumbing News, t4ts, train4tradeskills and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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