Persimmon builds partnership with construction college
30 March 2017
Persimmon has joined forces with a Cheshire College to guarantee three brickwork students a full-time apprenticeship.
Urmston-based Persimmon Homes North West is laying the foundations of what it hopes will be an ongoing sponsorship of Warrington Collegiate, offering career incentives to tomorrow’s tradesmen and women.
Mark Cook, regional managing director of Persimmon Homes North West, has visited the college and met this year’s crop of 10 students who are due to graduate from their Level 3 Diploma in Brickwork in June. Three of them will be offered employment with Persimmon.
Mark said: “I was really impressed with the quality of tuition at the college, and the calibre of the students themselves. It was great to meet each one of the students and talk to them about their commitment to and aspirations for the construction industry. All are already working really hard on the course, and it’s going to be a tough decision in June to select just three.
“As a business, we are committed to investing in the future, and this is only the start of our relationship with Warrington. Year on year I hope to take on a minimum of three students, and hopefully in the future we will be able to look at other trade courses such as joinery and plumbing.”
Andy Atkins, curriculum leader and brickwork tutor at Warrington, said: “This is a brilliant opportunity for our students and a really positive partnership between us and Persimmon.
“On our level 3 brickwork course we usually have between 10 and 15 students per year. Of those, about half usually secure a job when they leave us. So for Persimmon to offer 30% of this year’s students a guaranteed apprenticeship is incredible.
“It’s created a really positive and competitive atmosphere among the group, and hopefully our students will provide Persimmon with some top quality young brickies who will be a real asset to the company. It really is win win.”
As part of the sponsorship, Persimmon is promoting the construction industry around the college, offering a practical insight into what it’s like to work for one of the country’s leading house builders.