Apprentice bricklayer Charlie Tripp is recommending a career in construction to youngsters ending their time in education.
Charlie, of Helston, Cornwall, is an apprentice bricklayer with Persimmon Homes Cornwall and is learning his trade with practical hands on training at the housebuilder’s Copperfields development in Truro and studying one day a week at Helston College.
And 18 months into his training and working towards a Bricklaying Masonry Diploma Level Two he says he has not looked back.
“I wasn’t really sure what I wanted to do when I left school and did some internet research before I discovered the opportunities to train as a bricklayer,” he said.
“I applied and was lucky enough to be taken on as an apprentice at Persimmon Homes Cornwall, it was the first role I applied for and I started the training in the September after I left school.
“It is an excellent experience, by combining my learning with a day a week at Cornwall College I have been gaining practical experience and every week I am allowed to practise more of what I have been learning at college on site and under the eye of people who have been doing the job for years.
“It is satisfying to see houses going up and to be able to say I was part of the process.”
Nathan Ellis, contracts manager for Persimmon Homes Cornwall, based in Launceston, said: “Charlie is an excellent member of the team and has really embraced the opportunities that have come his way.
"The business continues to grow and we have a big year ahead of us. With the new developments in the pipeline, we’re pleased to be able to bring new opportunities to the area. Apprenticeships are a proven way of bringing people through our organisation and offers exciting careers to young people in the local community.
"It's very important to bring young people into our industry and we will continue to invest in their training and professional development to ensure that they stay with the business and go on to become our senior managers of tomorrow."
Charlie added: "I've been supported all the way through my apprenticeship and every day brings new challenges, which is why I am very much enjoying the job. I'm extremely proud to be working for Persimmon and hopefully one day I'll be managing my own site or running my own business locally.
“There are countless opportunities open to me in the construction industry and it I would recommend it to anyone looking to launch their own careers."
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