Apprentices Embark On Careers With Leading Builder

A leading regional housebuilder is gearing up to recruit even more apprentices looking to work in the construction industry.

Persimmon Homes Severn Valley is already paving the careers of 15 apprentices on sites across Bristol, Weston-Super-Mare and Gloucestershire, and is looking to recruit another 15 this September. 

Glen Fallon, apprenticeships manager, said: “Apprenticeships are the way forward as there is a distinct lack of skilled trades. They offer a fantastic quality of life as apprentices earn as they learn, experience a sense of achievement and provide a solid foundation to successful career progression.

“In our region we currently have 15 apprentices, covering all aspects of trade, from carpenters and bricklayers, to tackers/ dry liners and painters. 

“As a business, and apprentice manager, the goal is to retain a direct workforce that will then help to train the next generation.”

Persimmon Homes Severn Valley also works closely with nearby colleges, donating pallets of bricks and timber to aid training. 

Steve Roche, managing director, said: “People might be surprised at the wide variety of roles open to school leavers and those looking to change career. 

“A number of staff started their careers as apprentices with Persimmon Severn Valley and progressed to senior positions with the company. Billy Kettlewell - one of the Persimmon Homes apprentices

“Jobs in the construction business are not limited to trades and crafts. Of course, we will always need specialist bricklayers and carpenters to deliver high quality homes for local people, but there are also career openings in sales, technical, commercial and within our land and planning teams.”

The current trade apprentices joined Glen Fallon at the regional head offices in Portishead to discuss their progress in college, see pictured.

Glen added: “These young people are starting out on what can be a fantastic career in the construction industry, with lots of opportunities available to them.

“We will be looking for further new trainees to start later in the year and would urge anyone interested to get in touch.”

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May 28, 2019

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