Persimmon Homes

Creating Scotland’s workforce of the future

08 March 2022

A leading housebuilder in Scotland is keen to share the benefits of its apprenticeship programme during this year’s Scottish Apprenticeship Week 7-11 March.

Persimmon Homes Scotland has 28 Modern Apprentices (MA) and is geared up to take on a further nine across its three regional businesses based in Garthamlock, Bathgate and Perth.

“Our apprentices benefit from hands-on experience, learning from a wealth of experienced and skilled workers who are keen to share their knowledge across 42 active developments from The Borders to Dundee,” said William Smith, apprentice manager at Persimmon Homes Scotland.

“We work closely with each individual apprentice to maximise their chance of securing a long-term job in their chosen profession. Constant communication and monitoring every aspect of their training and progression, from absence rates, portfolio management, skill levels and general work ethic, aims to keep them motivated and on track.”

Nominated for Apprentice of the Year at Persimmon Homes, Lee Brooks is a third-year joinery apprentice with his sights set on a managerial role in the future and has already moved up to the more in-depth Advanced Craft level.  He said: “I knew I didn’t want to go to university but felt that opportunities to work were hard to come by until I found out about the apprenticeships at Persimmon. 

“Being part of building a house from the ground up at my site, Castle Gardens in Cambuslang, feels like an amazing achievement. I took great pride in telling my girlfriend that I had built the house that she was living in.

“I have my sights set on a contracts manager role and feel sure that I want to stay with Persimmon long-term.”

Apprentice Matthew Warner, a fourth-year brickwork MA who works at the company’s Burgh Gate development in Musselburgh, said that the four years have flown by: “Being an apprentice has turned my life around.  I’ve learnt so much and developed great skills that will hopefully lead to me working for Persimmon full time when my apprenticeship is complete.

“I’m constantly learning from the experienced bricklayers in my squad.  I feel part of a team and can ask questions or raise concerns with my apprentice manager when I need to which has made a huge difference to me and my confidence.”

Cameron Tonner, studying joinery at Ayr College in conjunction with his practical training onsite at Annick Grange and now in the second year of his apprenticeship said: “My Dad was a joiner and watching him fix things around the house when I was growing up made me want a practical job.  I like to be busy and enjoy outdoor physical work, so a joinery apprenticeship made perfect sense.

“I’m learning every day and want to try all aspects of joinery to help me decide what my future holds. I’m really enjoying my apprenticeship and the support and updates I get from our apprentice manager that keep me on track.”

Ryan Shearer, an adult apprentice in his first year working at the Kingspark development in Dundee, can’t believe his luck.  Having left school during the credit crunch when apprenticeships were few and far between, he turned to labouring.  Fortunately, after eight years working on site as a labourer his work ethic and attitude led to being offered an apprenticeship with Persimmon Homes North Scotland.

Ryan said: “I’ve always wanted to be a tradesman and understand what it takes to work on site in all weathers.  This opportunity will make me a qualified professional in an industry that I already enjoy and I’m looking forward to seeing where it takes me.”

Persimmon Homes regional construction director Scotland, Alan Prickett, said: “Creating a future workforce that is equipped to build much needed new homes across Scotland is critical for our business.  The current shortage of skilled tradespeople is a concern across the construction industry.

“Our apprentice manager, William Smith, has hugely improved the communication and support available to our apprentices and has applied his in-depth knowledge built up over 33 years at the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) where he was responsible for more than 5,000 apprentices.

“The ongoing support and training they receive is designed to guide each apprentice into a sustainable long-term job that best suits their skills, and it is very satisfying to see them develop and succeed.

“If you or someone you know is looking for a rewarding career opportunity why not join our team and apply for an apprenticeship at Persimmon Homes.”

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