Julian visits York College to celebrate partnership with Persimmon Homes
March 18, 2022
Julian visited York College to celebrate its partnership with Persimmon Homes who had donated 10,000 bricks to support the training and assessment of the next generation of construction professionals.
The bricks, enough to build a large three-bedroom house, will be put to use helping students and apprentices develop the skills they need to begin a successful career in construction as the industry seeks to attract the next generation to deliver the Government’s target of building 300,000 new homes a year.
It is estimated that by 2025, the industry will require 217,000 new construction workers just to meet demand, according to a report published last year by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB)
York College Chief Executive and Principal, Lee Probert said: “The partnership we enjoy with Persimmon Homes is not only of huge benefit to our construction students but is ensuring we continue, as a College, to have a positive impact on the region’s economy.
“Persimmon is answering the need for new homes and it’s vital that York College provides young people with the skills to enter the construction industry. This generous donation of bricks from Persimmon means we remain at the forefront of providing those skills and building a workforce.”
Scott Waters, Managing Director for Persimmon Homes Yorkshire added: “With the need for new housing well documented, we know how important it is to support construction students and help develop a diverse, talented workforce for the years ahead.
“We are particularly proud of our links to local colleges and helping young people across the region to develop the skills they need to pursue one of the many exciting careers that housebuilding has to offer.
“Attracting young people from all backgrounds is absolutely vital to make up for those retiring from the industry. That is why we continue to build upon the 400 plus apprentices and trainees we currently have across the group and just last week launched our Target 50 initiative to take on another 50 female apprentices and technical trainees in construction facing roles this year.”
Following the visit, Julian commented:
“This new partnership between Persimmon Homes and York College will boost the dynamic range of skills on offer to students and ensure they access the training needed to successfully enter the workforce.
This will be a huge boost to York and the regional economy as we must train the workforce of tomorrow today. York College are already leading the way as a new Institute for Technology and their relationship with Persimmon Homes is just one of many great assets among their educational offerings”