Six brickwork students are laying the foundations of their future after securing apprenticeships with leading house-builders, Persimmon Homes North West.
Danny Clare, Robbie Doran, Nathan White, Jay Smith, Hassan Amin and Lewis Morris have all now started their working life with the company earlier this month, working on two new housing developments in Newton-le-Willows.
The talented brickies were selected after taking part in the ‘Persimmon Apprenticeship Programme Competition’, at Warrington & Vale Royal College’s Warrington campus.
Mark Cook, regional managing director of Persimmon Homes North West, had originally planned to take on three apprentices from the college but after seeing the level of skill and talent on show, opted to take on double.
Mark said: “We are delighted to have these young men on board at two of our developments, The Willows and Vulcan Park in Newton-le-Willows, and hope it is the start of successful careers for all of them.”
Former Sir Thomas Boteler High School pupil Danny Clare, said: “This is an incredible opportunity for me. I’m so grateful to Persimmon for taking me on. To have had full-time work lined up before I finished college was a great feeling. This is an opportunity I would never have had if it wasn’t for the college and its partnerships with companies like Persimmon.”
Robbie Doran added: “This is a fantastic chance for us to work hard, learn new things and start a great career!”
The partnership between the college and Persimmon Homes has seen more than £3,500 worth of bricks donated to the college in the last few months.
Andy Atkins, curriculum leader and brickwork tutor at Warrington, said: “We really appreciate everything Persimmon is doing for both the students and us as a college. We are thrilled to have gained such a great partner in equipping the next generation with the skills needed in the construction industry.”