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Romford brickie wins national apprentice award

25 November 2015

A talented teenage brickie has been named Persimmon Homes’ trade apprentice of the year, bagging himself a £1,500 prize.

James Doyle, from Romford, beat off competition from hundreds of other trade apprentices across the country to be announced as this year’s winner.

He received his prize at Persimmon’s York headquarters recently.

The 19-year-old was described as an “integral part of the bricklaying team” by his manager, Carl Twin.

Carl said: “James is a very worthy winner. He has excelled at college and he is now able to keep-up with seasoned bricklayers and helps to set out plots.

I’m sure he has a very bright future in the industry ahead of him.”

James was nominated in the same category last year but missed out on that occasion.

He has completed his level 1 and level 2 NVQ in bricklaying and is now continuing on to level three at Barking & Dagenham College.

James said: “I’m absolutely thrilled to be recognised in this way. It’s a huge confidence boost, especially after being nominated last year as well.

I love working on site and learning the trade from people who have been doing it for years.

I want to keep progressing and become a bigger part of Persimmon Homes. Hopefully one day I will be site manager and I’ll be able to help apprentices myself.”

Philip Standen, managing director of Persimmon Homes Essex, said: “Many congratulations to James and all of the young people who were nominated.

“It’s important that we recognise our exceptional apprentices and the hard work that they are putting in to progress in their chosen field.”

The Persimmon Homes Young Achievers Awards are open to all employees who are 25 or under. Nominees from each of the builder’s 26 regions go forward to be considered nationally by a panel of directors, including Chief Executive Jeff Fairburn.

Holly Macgregor, 22 and from Colchester, was a finalist in the sales trainee of the year competition and Ben Cherrill was a finalist in the business trainee of the year category. They received £100 each.

Persimmon Homes has developments right across Essex, including in Romford, Aveley, East Tilbury, South Ockendon, Frinton and Grays.

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