Yorkshire youngsters get career opportunities in construction

A national housebuilder plans to recruit more than 25 new apprentices across Yorkshire in the coming months.

Brickwork apprentice, Samuel Conyers; brickwork apprentice, Kian Smith; apprentice manager, Lisa Haywood; brickwork apprentice, Connor Mahoney

The Persimmon Homes Yorkshire business is creating 13 new apprentice roles in trades including bricklaying, joinery, and groundworks.

The remaining opportunities will be employed at the company’s South Yorkshire business in Doncaster and West Yorkshire branch in Leeds.

Heading up the team recruiting for these new career opportunities are apprentice managers Lisa Haywood and Nichola Wingrove, who each boast more than 13 years of experience in the training sector, having previously worked for the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), among other leading assessor training companies.

Working closely with York, Bishop Burton and Hull College, the apprentice managers are ideally placed to support the career development of both new recruits and current apprentices across the region.

Lisa said: “The demand for new homes has never been higher, so we need to ensure we have quality craftspeople to strengthen our workforce to help meet this need. 

Nichola added: “Apprenticeships open a unique doorway to long-term careers. They enable young people to earn a salary and learn a trade on-the-job while studying part-time.

“We are currently working with 27 apprentices across the entire Yorkshire region by supporting their training programmes ensuring they can successfully achieve their qualifications. This recruitment drive will double our numbers in the region.

“I am delighted to be part of the Persimmon team and see my role as both supporting and nurturing as I help guide individuals through their career development journey, strengthen the company’s loyal workforce and ensure all tradespeople are trained to the ‘Persimmon Way’ quality standards.”

Persimmon apprentice managers are also working with Doncaster, Sheffield and Lincoln College, Grimsby Institute as well as Leeds College of Building and local schools, sharing with students the range of construction career opportunities Persimmon can provide.

Persimmon Homes has been recently announced as one of the top 100 apprentice employers in England. As part of its 50th-anniversary celebrations, Persimmon Homes has also launched a ‘Target 50’ initiative to recruit 50 female apprentices or technical trainees into construction-related roles this year.

For further information on career opportunities visit www.persimmonhomes.com/jobs