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Essex young man shines as Persimmon apprentice

25 July 2013

Apprentice plumber Stuart Grainger has overcome a real personal challenge to carve a career with Persimmon Homes Essex.

But the 20-year-old, who suffers from dyslexia, is determined the condition will not stop him gaining all his qualifications.

Stuart, from East Hanningfield, joined Persimmon Homes Essex's apprenticeship scheme in Easter 2012, thanks to a recommendation from his sister.

She already worked for the company and liked it so much she suggested Stuart try for a place as an apprentice plumber.

Stuart, who had just completed a two year plumbing course at Harlow College, jumped at the chance and says he has not looked back since impressing Persimmon enough to land a place.

“Because of my dyslexia I would have really struggled without this apprenticeship. I would not have been able to go to university so this gives me a real chance to build my future here.

”I am really enjoying the work and the people I am with. At the moment I am working on site with KP Evans plumbers and they are one of the best I could be learning from.”

He already has stints working on site at Braintree under his belt and is now two months into a year-long spell at the company’s Nightingale Gardens development at Stanway, Colchester.

Work so far has included all aspects of plumbing with Stuart working towards gaining his City and Guilds Level Three qualification and becoming a fully-qualified plumber.

That involves a mix of around 60 per cent practical assessment and 40 per cent exams – something which presents a particular obstacle for Stuart.

“With my dyslexia I will need both a reader and writer to help me with the exams, but I am determined to succeed.”

Away from work Stuart is a keen darts player and fisherman and enjoys watching football and socialising with friends.

Grant Bauckham, Persimmon Homes Essex construction director, said Stuart had made an impressive start to his career with the company.

“Stuart is doing brilliantly with us and is a real example of what a success the apprenticeship scheme can be. We believe in investing in our workforce and hope that young people coming into the industry like Stuart can really develop a career with us knowing that we will give them the time and the training to succeed.”

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