Leading UK housebuilder Persimmon Homes has launched a recruitment drive to boost its pool of skilled workers and encourage apprentice brick layers training at City of Wolverhampton College.

The building firm approached the college to see how the two organisations can work together to further develop the skills that students need for future careers in the construction industry

The college has recommended 11 full-time bricklaying students for the Persimmon Homes apprenticeship scheme and they will be interviewed by the company.

The successful applicants will then earn while they learn by combining working for Persimmon Homes West Midlands with studying at college, meaning that they will gain experience of working on one of Persimmon Homes’ residential building sites at the same time as gaining the skills and experience they need to become fully qualified bricklayers.

David Bradley, construction director of Persimmon Homes West Midlands, explained: “We are working with the college to provide placements for the second-year students to develop their brick laying skills in a real- life working environment.

“In the first instance they will be working at our development in Ettingshall Place, Bilston, helping to construct our range of two, three and four-bedroomed detached, semi-detached homes and mews homes, but we expect to roll the programme out across our developments in Shrewsbury and Telford and possibly Cannock and Lichfield.

“Because of this initiative we are also looking to recruit experienced apprentice masters/ gang leaders for the site to closely supervise the quality of work and training being offered to the apprentices.”

He added: “As one of Britain’s leading homebuilders we recognise we have a huge responsibility to make appositive contribution to society. This is another exciting way we feel we can support and encourage local colleges and to attract the best workers to meet the demands of our business, whether they are the youngsters starting out in construction, or the experienced hands who are able to supervise and develop their skills.”

Joel Dalhouse, curriculum manager for construction at the college, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for our students to gain direct access to an apprenticeship with such a prestigious organisation which will enable them to benefit from working in the industry with gaining their qualifications at college.”


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