During February’s National Apprenticeship Week, it was announced that a total of 60 apprenticeship opportunities are to be created to mark the 60th anniversary of builders’ merchants buying society, NMBS.

NMBS launched the recruitment drive with support from the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF), which has a well-established partnership with training provider LEAP.  BMF’s LEAP apprenticeship programmes have been developed to ensure training is tailored to the needs of the building materials’ supply industry and are a perfect fit for the roles that NMBS is looking to recruit into.

Chris Hayward, CEO at NMBS, said: “NMBS is the most successful Buying Society in the UK for independent builders, plumbers, hardware and timber merchants, and we’re 100 per cent committed to strengthening independents.

“Apprentices can bring big benefits to businesses, and we are delighted to work with BMF as part of our recruitment drive to attract 60 new apprentices into the industry during our 60th anniversary year.”

In 2023, NMBS plans to enrol 15 apprentices every quarter into training programmes at a variety of levels, including trade supply, business administration and sales.

BMF CEO, John Newcomb added: “BMF has long been a champion of the benefits apprenticeships can offer both to people looking to enter the industry and to businesses seeking to attract new talent.

“Our partnership with LEAP has allowed us to team up with experts in training provision and combine their in-depth knowledge with our industry insight and experience to create a series of apprenticeship programmes that are carefully tailored to the needs of the industry.

“We congratulate NMBS on their 60th anniversary and are delighted to support their drive to recruit 60 new apprentices to mark the occasion.

“It is a clear demonstration of their commitment to creating opportunities in the industry and attracting new talent.”


The BMF has appointed LEAP, the Apprenticeship delivery team to the Travis Perkins Group, as the new full-service providers of the BMF Apprenticeships Plus service.

LEAP stands for Learn as you Earn Apprenticeship Programmes and they have a unique expertise working exclusively in the construction supply sector. Each programme is designed around the specialist needs of the sector to help all learners reach their full potential. Programmes are delivered by the award winning training team and every apprentice is supported, from day one, by an Apprentice Coach to build their skills, knowledge and behaviours to help them develop their career.

LEAP is an award winning apprenticeship provider specialising in the construction industry and specifically builders merchants. Leap has grown from 5 members of staff looking after 150 apprentices to 60+ members of staff looking after over 1000 apprentices a year. 

Each apprenticeship uses government approved standards and are delivered by industry competent coaches to deliver the exact knowledge, skills and behaviours required in this ever changing industry. 

The standards we currently deliver: 

The Standards we currently deliver through partnerships: 

  • L2 LGV Driver Apprenticeships
  • L3 Software Development Technician 
  • L4 Marketing Executive 
  • L2 Credit Control / Collector, L3 Advanced Credit Controller / Debt Collection Specialist
  • L3 Improvement Technician, Level 4 Improvement Practitioner, Level 5 Improvement Specialist 
  • HR Apprenticeships - L3 HR Support, L5 HR Consultant/Partner, L3 Learning and Development Practitioner, L5 Learning and Development Consultant, L7 Accountancy Professional  
  • L3 Digital Marketing, L3 Data Literacy, L4 Data Fellowship, L4 Project Management 
  • L3 Supply Chain Practitioner 
  • L6 Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship, L7 Senior Leader Masters Degree Apprenticeship 

To find out more about BMF Apprenticeship Plus contact [email protected] / 0247 685 4982. Alternatively speak to your Regional Manager.