Six brickwork students from Warrington Collegiate have been offered full-time apprenticeships with leading house builders Persimmon Homes, as part of an exciting partnership between the developer and college.
Level 3 students Danny Clare, Robbie Doran, Nathan White, Jay Smith, Hassan Amin and level 2 student Lewis Morris will all start working for Persimmon on Monday 3rdJuly.
This exciting opportunity comes thanks to the college’s partnership with Persimmon Homes, which has also seen more than £3,500 worth of bricks donated to the college in recent weeks.
Mark Cook, regional managing director of Persimmon Homes North West, visited the Winwick Road campus on Wednesday to see students as they took part in the ‘Persimmon Apprenticeship Programme Competition’.
Each student was tasked with building a structure, which was then judged by Persimmon and the college’s own brickwork lecturers. Persimmon had originally planned to take on three apprentices but with such skill and talent on show, opted to take on double.
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 full-time work lined up for when I finish at college is a great feeling. I can’t wait to start my apprenticeship – it’s really exciting.
“This is an opportunity I would never have had if it wasn’t for Warrington Collegiate.”
Danny will complete his level 3 qualification at the college in June.
He added: “The brickwork course at Warrington Collegiate is fantastic for anyone who loves practical learning. I feel ready for the next challenge because of my time here and what I’ve learned.”
Carl Atherton, lecturer in brickwork, said: “Persimmon were really impressed with the quality of the work our brickwork students are producing, which is evidenced by the fact that they have taken not three, but six of our students on as apprentices.
“This is a fantastic opportunity for these talented young bricklayers to progress in the industry. It has given them a foot on the ladder and will only help them to further develop the skills and knowledge they have gained during their time at Warrington Collegiate.”
Carl added: “Persimmon are now going to be working with some top quality young brickies who will be a real asset to the company. We’re looking forward to continuing our partnership with Persimmon, which we hope will see even more of our students go on to careers with them in the future.”
As part of the partnership, Persimmon is promoting the construction industry across the college, offering a practical insight into what it is like to work for one of the country’s leading house builders.