Commercial Apprentice

Location Manchester
Discipline: Apprentices & Graduates
Salary: £17,000
Job ref: 009135
Published: about 1 month ago

Start your journey with Portakabin – innovators in the science of building! At Portakabin, we provide modular buildings for hire and sale for organisations of any size, in sectors ranging from manufacturing, education and health to transport, utilities and construction. 

We’re on the search for an energetic and motivated individual to join our Hire division team in Trafford Park as a Commercial Apprentice. If you’re an ambitious and hardworking self-starter, who is looking to earn while you learn, then we want to hear from you!

Our commercial apprenticeship is designed to kickstart your career within the sales industry. Your apprentice programme will be delivered through a blended learning approach supported by our provider Mercuri.  During the two-year programme, you will gain valuable experience learning on the job and by to completing coursework and assignments to achieve your Level 4, Sales Executive qualification.

Does this sound like the career path for you? If so, please apply by no later than Sunday 7th April. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend interviews in April or May.


What we’re looking for‿.

  • A candidate with a positive attitude and a real desire to learn
  • Fantastic communication skills – both in person and virtually!
  • 5 GCSEs including Maths and English at Grade 4 or above (or equivalent grade)
  • A strong understanding of Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Good organisation and planning skills
  • Experience working in customer service or a client facing role (desirable but not essential)


What to expect‿.

  • You’ll be hands-on, working as part of our commercial teams who are responsible for winning orders and maintaining customer relationships 
  • In-house training to really understand the full range of Portakabin products and services  
  • Develop valuable skills such as effective communication, relationship building, presentation techniques and business development skills
  • Creating commercial proposals and delivering them in a format, style and technique suiting our customers
  • Various channels of support including your line manager, Area Hire Managers, colleagues, and a mentor. You will also network with other apprentices across the business 


In return for your hard work, you’ll receive‿

  • £17,000 per annum
  • 25 days annual leave + bank holidays
  • True career progression opportunities within the business!
  • Ability to buy an additional 5 days of annual leave
  • Contributory pension
  • Health & wellbeing services including free health helpline to support services such as Mental Health First Aiders
  • Employee benefits program (discounts at 100’s of shops, gyms, restaurants and even holidays!)


Why Portakabin?

Portakabin remains in the ownership of the York based Shepherd family and now employs more than 2,000 people across ten European countries.

As an equal opportunities employer, Portakabin is committed to the equal treatment of all current and prospective colleagues. We welcome applications from people of all backgrounds and perspectives and hire great people to build talented and diverse teams.

We are committed to making reasonable adjustments throughout the application, recruitment, and onboarding processes for candidates that require additional support and/or adjustments to be made.