In 2016, Persimmon employed around 550 apprentices and trainees, more than five times the number employed in 2012. This reflects the importance we are placing on schemes to bring new people into the industry. The total number of apprentices and trainees employed in the Group in 2016 reduced slightly compared to the prior year as training programmes were completed and trainees have been promoted.
We are keen to harness the Government’s new Apprenticeship Levy, which is introduced from April 2017, to support our traditional apprenticeship programmes to increase the number of skilled tradespeople and to support the future growth of the Group’s business.
Trade apprentices – Our trade apprentices build up knowledge and skills in their relevant trade working alongside experienced tradespeople, gaining valuable on the job experience. As well as training on site, apprentices attend their local college on day or block release to complete their training, which ultimately leads towards NVQ qualifications. In 2016 the vast majority of trade apprentices were in bricklaying and carpentry/joinery.
Trainee sales advisors – Sales Advisors are the primary interface with our customers. The training we provide equips them with the knowledge and technical skills to develop a successful career in residential housing sales. Many of our trainees from recent years have now completed the training programme and have moved on to their own developments with the opportunity to pursue a career with high earning potential and excellent promotion prospects.
Other Trainees – All of our businesses recruit trainees directly into operational roles to add strength to our regional teams. This ensures we have a succession of first class professionals, dedicated to maintaining the highest standards in roles relating to design, planning, site management, quantity surveying and administrative support across the business.
Please see our Young Achievers of the Year case study.
Number of apprentices, trainees and graduate trainees employed each year