What you'll get
The Toolstation team
Working at Toolstation is pretty unique. Mostly because of the incredible pace at which we’re growing, opening 60 new stores each year with no plans to stop. That’s behind everything that’s happening here - expanding our business at every level from stores to products to teams to head office functions. It makes for a high energy, positive, fun place to work but you need to be prepared to work hard. We’re a down to earth, open and honest business, where there’s always someone around to help you out when you need it. And we don’t just support each other - we like to support the communities we live and work in too.
What’s more, we have fun while we do it, so to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support and other charities, our people have done everything from the London Marathon, to sponsored bike rides, fancy dress days, cake sales and forming choirs. We are really inclusive and if sporting activities are not your thing, there will always be something you can do to contribute such as fancy dress or baking for our Macmillan Coffee Mornings. It’s all part of being Toolstation - being the best in everything you do and having fun along the way.
Rewards and benefits
Join us and you can look forward to a wide range of rewards and benefits.
Save As You Earn (SAYE)
Once a year you can join this scheme to save money over three or five years and use it to buy Travis Perkins shares at lower than the stock market price.
When you join us, you’ll have 30 days’ paid holiday each year (pro rata if you work part-time). This goes up to a whopping 33 days after five years.
From day one, you’re eligible for life assurance, which means if anything happens to you, inside or outside work, your chosen person will receive the equivalent of up to 3 times your annual salary
After you’ve been with us for three months, you’ll automatically qualify for a Travis Perkins Colleague Discount Card, which gives you discounts at Travis Perkins group companies, including Toolstation, Wickes and Tile Giant.
If you’re 22-65 years old and earning over £6,136, you’ll automatically join our pension scheme after you’ve been here for three months. You can choose how much you pay in and we’ll add to your savings each month.
Depending on the time of year, our branches and Distribution Centres can get hot or cold, so we’ll give you a full uniform, including footwear. You can choose to wear your own dark trousers or cargo shorts if you prefer
Buy As You Earn (BAYE)
After you’ve been with us for three months, BAYE allows you to buy Travis Perkins shares from your gross salary at the normal stock market price. This means you save on Income Tax and National Insurance contributions.
After certain milestones of service with us we’ll celebrate by giving you a monetary reward. We’ll also give you a badge of recognition after 1, 3, 5, 10 and 15 years’ service.
We want you to be able to work here when it’s best for you. So, once you’ve worked here for 26 weeks, you can ask your line manager for a meeting to look at your work patterns and see what works best for you and the business.
Additional Holiday Pay
If you’re entitled to overtime and work continuously over your normal hours, we’ll reflect your overtime in your holiday pay, so you don’t miss out.
The home of recognition and fantastic discounts from your favourite retailers. Exclusively for Toolstation colleagues.
Through our wellbeing centre, you’ll have access to a range of support and information to be healthier and happier.
26 weeks’ full pay for maternity, shared parental, adoption, or surrogacy.
Paternity pay is 100% for two weeks. We also provide new working parents up to 10 additional days’ leave during the first few years, just to cover any emergencies.
In partnership with Halfords, our cycle to work scheme is a great opportunity for you to get support in purchasing a new bike to travel to and from work.
This financial wellbeing benefit allows you access up to 40% of your wages as you earn them, before payday - great for unexpected bills or expenses.
Will Writing Service
We’ve teamed up with Adroit Legal Services to offer you access to a free standard Will writing services through a network of vetted legal firms.
Helping you worry less about money by providing a series of support services including financial education, savings tools and loans, all repaid through your salary.
Health Cash Plan
You’ll be eligible for a 20% discount to Westfield Health’s Advantage Health Cash Plan, providing support for a range of health-related check-ups or treatments.
It's only by working together that we're successful. This means that you'll be part of one of the numbers of discretionary bonus schemes across Toolstation.
Our Family Friendly Policies
We’re always striving to create a great working environment with an excellent colleague experience, and we want to celebrate and support the different ways in which our colleagues can have a family. In an effort to continue becoming a more inclusive employer, we offer the following support:
26 weeks' full pay for maternity, shared parental, adoption, or surrogacy circumstances
Paid leave to support our colleagues through IVF fertility cycles
Paid leave to support our colleagues during miscarriage or baby loss
Paid leave for colleagues supporting their partner through miscarriage or baby loss
Additional paid time off during the first 2 years of birth to support new family commitments and childcare
The decision to grow your family can be a big one, and we hope these updated policies help support our whole Toolstation team in being able to make that decision.
Learning and development
Bringing the best out of you
Whichever team you join at Toolstation, we’ll be looking for a can-do attitude, a real interest in developing yourself and the drive to go above and beyond. Show us you’ve got what it takes and we’ll help you make the most of your talents.
This could involve sitting down with your manager, chatting about your ambitions and looking at how you can achieve them. From there, it may include learning from the experienced people around you, going on one of our internal training courses through the Toolstation Academy, or studying for a recognised qualification. No matter how far you want your career to go, we’ll give you the chance to make the most of your skills and be the best you can be.
The Toolstation Academy is our in-house training and development programme that runs a series of courses for people at different levels across our teams. Whatever your role, you’ll soon have the chance to apply for a course to help you to build on your skills and experience.
These range from internally-run courses that are specific to Toolstation, to programmes run by external organisations that lead to widely-recognised qualifications, such as Apprenticeships and NVQs.
We offer a variety of training and development courses that cover different areas, from improving customer service to specific retail management skills and general leadership ability.
As part of the Toolstation Academy, we’ve developed a structured learning programme that will give you all the knowledge you need to become a confident supervisor, team leader or manager.
As well as helping you to develop your management style and leadership abilities, the programme also covers all the practical bits and pieces of being a manager. So, you’ll learn about the best ways to assess and evaluate performance and how to spot areas for improvement. It also covers how to help your people get the training and development they need and handling disciplinary issues.
And you’ll get insights into recruiting the best people, health and safety issues and the importance of developing a diverse team.
Internal development programmes
Our internal development programmes are designed to help you build your skills and knowledge so you can develop to your full potential and build a rewarding career with us. At the moment we run three of these programmes in different areas of our business.
Our Retail, Audit and Distribution Development Programmes help us identify people with talent, offer structured development and a clear career path that can take great people into more senior roles – and further.
All three programmes give you the chance to build the skills and knowledge you need to move up to the next level, with plenty of support from the people around you along the way. Many of our senior management teams have developed their careers through these routes.
External Development Programmes
As well as running our own programmes, we also support many of our people to take external programmes that give them the professional skills and knowledge they need to develop to their full potential.
If you’re working in a branch, this includes the Customer Service Practitioner level 2 (CSP2) course that helps you to build your ability to give our customers great service.
At more senior levels, we also work with the Institute of Leadership and Management to offer two programmes that help you to become a Toolstation leader. If you’re looking to move into your first leadership role, the 18 month level 3 (ILM3) course gives you the chance to develop the skills you’ll need. The two-year Level 5 (ILM5) programme is for managers who want to move up into senior leadership.
We believe that you deserve the chance to develop to your full potential, whatever level you join us and whatever point in your career you’ve reached.
That’s why we’ve introduced a number of Apprenticeships that help you get your foot on the career ladder and build the basic skills you need to start your career with us.
Join us as an apprentice and we’ll give you all the support you need as you work towards a recognised qualification. And once you’ve qualified, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to continue your development with us and build the career you want.
At the moment, we run apprenticeships in Finance, Distribution Centres, IT and our Contact Centre.
Our commitment to fairness
Our customers come from every walk of life and every type of background. That’s why we go out of our way to make sure that the people we employ are just as diverse.
We treat everybody equally and without any bias. So, when you apply to join us or work for us, you can be sure that we’ll always be fair, open and honest with you. Whatever your gender, race, disability, sexual preference, marital status, age, religion, political beliefs or trade union membership.
This means we’ll always recruit you based on merit. And when it comes to offering training and development, you’ll have every opportunity to take advantage of programmes and support relevant to your role, experience and ability.