Partnership with Persimmon Homes sees three brickwork students guaranteed apprenticeships

Three brickwork students from Warrington Collegiate have been guaranteed full-time apprenticeships thanks to an exciting new partnership with Persimmon Homes.

Mark Cook, regional managing director of Persimmon Homes North West, visited the Winwick Road campus and met this year’s crop of students who are due to complete their level 3 diploma in brickwork in June. Three of them will be offered employment with Persimmon, thanks to the partnership.

Following the visit, Mark said: “I was really impressed with the quality of tuition at the college, and the calibre of the students themselves. It was great to meet each one of the students and talk to them about their commitment to and aspirations for the construction industry. All are already working really hard on the course, and it’s going to be a tough decision in June to select just three.

“As a business, we are committed to investing in the future, and this is only the start of our relationship with Warrington. Year on year, I hope to take on a minimum of three students, and hopefully in the future we will be able to look at other trade courses such as joinery and plumbing.”

Andy Atkin, curriculum leader and brickwork tutor, said: “This is a brilliant opportunity for our students and a really positive partnership between us and Persimmon.

“For Persimmon to offer 30% of this year’s students a guaranteed apprenticeship is incredible. It has created a really positive and competitive atmosphere among the group, and hopefully our students will provide Persimmon with some top quality young brickies who will be a real asset to the company. It really is a win-win.”

As part of the sponsorship, Persimmon is promoting the construction industry across the college, offering a practical insight into what it’s like to work for one of the country’s leading house builders.