Not satisfied with offering great Drakes Deals on plumbing, heating and bathrooms to all of the South East – Drakes have taken an interest in educating the plumbers of tomorrow!
In partnership with West Kent College, and to further develop the industry recognised courses they offer, we opened our doors recently to let Level 1 Plumbing Students in to test their skills in a real merchant environment.
All the students were tasked with researching, planning and specifying an environmentally friendly water fountain that must be both sustainable and aesthetically pleasing. It also had to be done within certain budgets and to fit specific criteria to replicate real-world installation works. Along with West Kent College’s tutor Nick and our own Head of Sales Adam Austin, the team at Drakes talked through each of the student’s plans and helped provide them with costings and possible options for their choice of product – advising them of the latest fittings and installation possibilities. Most importantly the students got some genuine experience of how merchants and tradespeople operate together and the relationship that Drakes can offer that has helped our existing customers become very successful.
Manager of Drakes Tunbridge Wells Geoff Brown was especially keen to ensure the students left knowing why they had selected certain items and how their choices of installation and product would benefit their future customers and lead to increased work and learning. The future’s bright for these plumbers of tomorrow!
This is one of the many projects and endorsements that Drakes is proud to be working on with West Kent College and other educational facilities in the South East. For further information please contact us on 01892 559915 or email email@example.com with your enquiry.
This week Drakes' Chairman, David Aisher, flew down to Polypipe’s now famous regatta and joined over 50 yachts for races around Port Solent.
Along with the Chairman, Drakes brought many a salty sea dog with a crew consisting of customers and staff alike - all enjoying a free day of sailing and fundraising thanks to their favourite independent plumbers' merchant.
Although at the helm of a different boat than he was used to, David fought the changeable conditions and led Drakes to an overall 11th place finish with a 4th place class finish.
After racing, the team joined a prize-giving event back on shore and a prize of another free day's sailing was raffled by Drakes; raising over £2,000 for Help the Heroes.
If you're interested in taking part in these regular events held or attended by Drakes then speak to your local branch team.
We're here to support tradespeople both on and off the job and if you're interested in something we can help with then let us know!