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Persimmon helps forge the next generation of construction workers in the West Midlands

05 November 2021

Persimmon helps forge the next generation of construction workers in the West Midlands

Persimmon is continuing to help the next generation of construction workers by welcoming five new apprentices who will be training in Shropshire and Telford.

Persimmon Homes West Midlands has forged a successful relationship with Shrewsbury-based training provider SBC Training by taking its best carpentry and bricklaying applicants and giving them full-time jobs on site.

Jake Lenc and Romanic Bhambra will be following the site carpentry standard and Tom Watson, Cailen Stevens and Nathan Davies will be training in bricklaying.

Recognising that the construction sector is experiencing skills shortages, Persimmon Homes is stepping up its apprenticeship programme to increase the number of skilled construction employees.

Persimmon is proud to be one of the UK’s largest housebuilders, committed to the highest standards of design, construction and customer service, and is currently involved major developments across the West Midlands.

David Griffin, construction director for Persimmon Homes West Midlands, said: “We are firmly committed to the training and development of new entrants to the industry and this opportunity will give these apprentices valuable training, job security and great career prospects.

“We have the full support from our subcontractors who will be responsible for the on-site training for our apprentices and from what I’ve seen so far, these young people have a fantastic attitude and have produced exceptionally good work.

“We’re extremely pleased to be working with SBC Training and I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Colin Thaw and his team who have taken the lead throughout the selection process and have been able to customise the programme to meet our needs.”

Jake Lenc, aged 20 from Shrewsbury, is one of the apprentices starting his training with Persimmon and believes this opportunity is too good to be missed.

 He said: “I’m really looking forward to working for Persimmon Homes. Being able to build my skills on the job and have something to show for it at the end will be an incredibly rewarding experience.

“Persimmon is an extremely reputable company so I know I’m in good hands. The training I’ll receive is going to be to the highest of standards and having a qualification on my CV will hopefully set me up for a long, rewarding career in the trade.”

The apprentices will follow a two-year programme with the potential to progress on to achieve advanced status at Level 3.

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