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South Coast builder celebrates young trainees

By Mblazeby  |  Posted: August 04, 2014

Tom joined the company straight from school

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South Coast builder Persimmon Homes has launched its Young Achievers awards programme to celebrate the contribution made by its apprentices and trainees across Dorset, Wiltshire, Hampshire and Sussex.

Persimmon Homes launched the programme to put the spotlight on its young workforce of apprentices and sales trainees.

Jeff Fairburn, Persimmon Homes CEO, began his career in the construction industry as a 17-year-old apprentice quantity surveyor and has stressed the important role young trainees play in the company.

Matt Paine, managing director of Persimmon Homes South Coast, said: “It is a very exciting time to be starting your career in the construction industry and the Young Achievers awards programme aims to reward those youngsters who have got off to a flying start.

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“With high youth unemployment and people talking of a ‘lost generation’ it is important to us that we nurture our young workforce, give them quality training and the skills they need to succeed, and then watch them flourish and forge successful careers.”

The categories for the awards include Trade Apprentice of the Year, Sales Trainee of the Year and Business Trainee of the Year.

One of the winners will then be crowned the Young Achiever of the Year and cash prizes will also be presented.

Tom Elkins, who has begun his career as an apprentice carpenter, joined the company fresh from leaving school.

Tom said: “I did ok in my exams, I got what I need, but by the time I sat them I already knew I’d got the apprentice role.

“I absolutely love it. The guys on site have been really good to me, making me welcome and I’m learning so much.

“My main focus at the moment is to work hard, pass my course and become a qualified carpenter. But after that who knows? I don’t see why I couldn’t be a site manager one day.”

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