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Sales trainee brings real team spirit to her role

19 July 2013

A Somerset teenager who has already become a high-flier on the hockey pitch now wants to put her brilliant team skills and determination to good use as a sales trainee with Persimmon Homes South West.

Seventeen-year-old Alex Chilcott, who went to Queen’s College in Taunton, played hockey at a regional level for the West of England while she also captained her school team.

She says hockey has shown her how to make a difference whilst still pulling together as a team as well as how to fight for success both on and off the pitch.

Now she hopes to put those skills to good use as a sales trainee with the housebuilder.

Alex played hockey for seven years for her club Taunton Vale, at county level for Somerset and also for the region.

She left school after a two-week hockey tour of South Africa and, despite having 10 GCSEs, decided not to pursue education any more as she wanted to begin her career with Persimmon Homes.

She said: “University costs such a lot now and not many people get a job afterwards, especially doing what they studied. I have always wanted to be in sales and so I applied to Persimmon Homes South West. I was overjoyed when I was given the job and love working here as everyone is very friendly.”

She started with the group last September as a sales trainee and has quickly made a good impression.  She is studying for a NVQ Level 2 in Business and Administration and will also go on to Level 3 and Level 4.  She also goes on site one day a week at Heathfield Gardens, a development in Bathpool, near Taunton.

She added: “It will take four years to finish my training, but there is a guaranteed job at the end of it.  I’m working towards being a sales co-ordinator at head office.  I handle the paperwork and it is useful going onsite as I understand more about how they progress their paperwork.

“I have also helped with a home demonstration and understand more about the role of a sales advisor so it gives me a real overview of the sales department team. The people I work with are really great. As a trainee, you can be a bit nervous but everyone is really nice and I like going to meet the customers and enjoy meeting people.”

Nina Hester, sales and marketing director of Persimmon Homes South West, said: “Alex is doing exceptionally well with us at head office.  It works well sending her out onsite one day a week together with her training at college and in the office.  It is giving her a thorough grounding in how the sales department functions and she really has a bright future ahead with us.”

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