Persimmon Homes

Graduate builds future

14 February 2022

A University of Liverpool graduate is gaining invaluable experience in the housing and construction industry thanks to our new graduate programme.

Connor Steel (24), joined our 2021 graduate programme last September. Born in Newcastle, he gained a history degree from Liverpool in 2020, before remaining in the city to complete a master’s in International Business. Currently based at our North East office, Connor has already picked up valuable experience across several of the businesses key departments.

“Persimmon’s two-year graduate programme is great because it’s rotational,” explains Connor. “I don’t know many graduates who truly know what they would like to do, so Persimmon’s scheme is ideal because you get to experience a wide range of business functions.

“Since September I’ve gained experience in land & planning, technical, commercial and customer care. I’m currently working in sales - whatever department I’m in, the support from my dedicated mentors is priceless and definitely a reason for new graduates to look to the business for their first role.”

In the next few months Connor will move to his next role within Persimmon, working in the sustainability team: “Sustainability is a huge part of every business and today’s thriving companies can clearly demonstrate their commitment to looking after the environment for future generations.

“I’ve already supported the sustainability team in bringing together data from across the business, looking at how waste is controlled.  Today, it’s becoming increasingly important for companies to take a greater interest in their sustainability strategy - for example, in our industry, tracking how much cardboard, metal, wood and other materials are recycled on site. Taking responsibility for our carbon footprint has never been more important, especially with the upcoming changes in building regulations.”

Just six months in, it’s too early for Connor to decide on his long-term career goals, but so far it’s the land team which has excited him the most. “Who owns the land, where are we building in the future, how do we build long-term relationships with land owners – this is definitely an area I’m keen to learn more about.”

If you’re interested in becoming one of Persimmon’s future graduates the recruitment process for the September 2022 intake is open to applications, you can find out more and apply by following this link.

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