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Apprenticeship week: Bradley Strachan

We last interviewed Bradley as part of Apprenticeship Week 2020, a few months after he began his apprenticeship program with 80:20. This year, we caught up with him again to find out how his role has developed since then, and to hear about his career highlights and future goals.

How has your career progressed since completing your apprenticeship?

I started my apprenticeship in 2019 and completed my program at the beginning of 2021. During that time, I was able to learn the basics of the role and developed a deep understanding of our systems including D365 and our e-Procurement portal. I also dealt with the expediting side of things which allowed the buyers to spend more time negotiating.

At the end of my apprenticeship, I moved into a role as Trainee Assistant Buyer where I started to negotiate simple request for quotes (RFQs). I also started to work towards my CIPS qualifications, which have helped to enhance my knowledge and skills within the procurement industry further. I’ve now moved into a role as Assistant Buyer where I’ve taken on a lot more responsibility and look after key client accounts.  

What’s been the biggest challenge you’ve faced over the last couple of years?

Being fairly new to 80:20 when we started working from home due to the pandemic definitely came with its challenges. It’s been really nice to start working in the office again over the past year and to build a closer relationship with the team. I’ve been able to learn a lot from more senior buyers which has helped me to grow and continue to take on additional responsibility.

What’s been the highlight of your time with 80:20 so far?

I’ve had a lot of training and development opportunities during my time with 80:20 which has been a great learning experience. The company put me through my negotiation training which has allowed me to deal with more challenging RFQ’s and ensure we’re getting the most competitive deal. They are also continuing to support me through my CIPS qualifications as I progress through the levels towards achieving my diploma.

What’s next?

I’ve really enjoyed my time with 80:20 so far and I think that an apprenticeship program is a great option to explore as an alternative to university because there are so many options for career development. Over the next few years, my aim is to progress with the company further, hopefully reaching buyer and senior buyer positions. 80:20 is constantly growing, improving and becoming more efficient, and I’m excited to see what happens next.

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