Persimmon Homes

Bumper batch of trainees for Lancashire and Cumbria sites

17 December 2021

Welcoming a bumper batch of trainees to its Lancashire business.

The regional team is currently supporting the career development of 17 trainees in Lancashire , along with a further eight working on the company’s sites in Cumbria.

Ian MacDonald, Lancashire regional apprentice manager, said: “Our current batch of apprentices ranges from high achieving A level students, fresh school leavers, students joining us from full-time construction related courses and moving into apprenticeship placements, those who come from socially disadvantaged backgrounds, former members of the armed services and those looking for a complete career change.

“We are pleased to be working with a number of local colleges to support the training of these apprentices and look forward to seeing their progress out on site.”

The Lancashire intake includes trainee assistant site managers Chantelle Fort, based at the Spring Meadow development in Darwen, and Lynn Johnson who is working at the Douglas Gardens development in Hesketh Bank. Both women previously worked in the company’s sales team.

Also laying the foundations for a career with the company are Level 4 quantity surveying technicians Bailey Thompson and George Whelan, property maintenance operative Scott Thomson and carpentry apprentices Ben Allen, Ethan Arran, Sam Nott and Owen McCallum. A large group of trainee bricklayers – Ethan Hartland, Eugene Fenlon, Ben Hockett, Joseph Newton, Thomas Mason, Callum Haworth, Robert Parker, Thomas Nott and Tom Minshall – are honing their skills on sites throughout Lancashire.


The Cumbrian cohort includes trainee assistant site manager Ricky Mullen, who is part of a pilot scheme with the National House Building Council (NHBC). Based at Woodberry Heights in Penrith, Ricky is expected to be the first in the country to complete his End Point Assessment.

Also helping to build new homes and lasting careers with the company are bricklaying apprentices Sam Johnston, Lewis Smith, Scott Nixon, Mark Leesing, Alastair Smith and Daniel Waugh; and carpentry apprentice Daniel McTaggart.

Regional managing director John Roocroft added: “As a company we are committed to providing the best quality training and development for those seeking a long-term career in construction.

“We are thrilled to welcome such a wide variety of people, who bring a rich blend of life experience and youthful enthusiasm to our business.”

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