How to start your career in the hardware sector?

There are a number of ways to enter the sector.

For any students interested in getting into the hardware industry we recommend they initially do their research on the facilities and support available from their career guidance counsellors. Transition Year is a helpful time to look for any available work experience in local hardware stores or builders merchants.

Typically employers start out student/entry-level employees in specific areas in stores, like the warehouse or back office, where they can shadow more experience employees in their day-to-day activity. As they start to learn more about the role and their environment they start to receive more responsibilities and experience.

Some merchants and groups offer traineeships and graduate programmes as another route into the sector for new entrants.

Many employers in the supply/manufacturing sector also provide entry-level and graduate-based programmes as a welcoming avenue for anyone seeking an avenue into the sector. Such graduate programmes offer opportunities in all aspects of the business, including Sales/Marketing, Manufacturing, Logistics, Research and Development and more.