New construction chief makes pledge to housebuyers

The new construction director with a Peterborough-based builder says improving customer care will be one of his top priorities.

Nigel Ashwood has taken up the post with Persimmon Homes East Midlands and vowed to not only build quality homes, but pay particular attention to the needs of purchasers. He has also pledged to create a skilled workforce for the future.

He said:

“I am very excited to take up this position with Persimmon Homes East Midlands and aim to bring a consistent approach across all our sites to improve our customer care and provide well-built homes that our purchasers deserve.”

One aspect of the job which he particularly enjoys is being able to give youngsters the chance to enjoy a similar career through the group’s apprenticeship programme.

Mr Ashwood, who also started his career as an apprentice bricklayer, said:

“Persimmon reinstated its apprenticeship scheme in 2013 and we currently have four apprentices and are looking to expand.”

“This year, we are hoping to take on five apprentices and in 2015, six or more. We currently offer bricklaying and carpentry apprenticeships spread across the East Midlands region. I am looking for people that are driven to learn a trade, who will work hard and want to succeed.”

“This is grassroots employment and it is fundamental to the industry and hopefully over the next few years we will start seeing the benefit that these youngsters can bring.”

“It is imperative that we bring new people into the industry and the Persimmon scheme offers a complete career path from trade right up to ultimately senior management. All our apprentices are linked to the local college and we are supported by the CITB training department.”

Mr Ashwood started in the industry after leaving school and has steadily risen through the ranks. He added:

“I chose the building industry as a career as my family were in the building trade. I have always enjoyed it as every day is different and each day brings a new challenge.”

“I progressed from an apprentice to a trainee site manager because, whilst I had a trade background, I wanted to further my career and studied various college courses, subsequently becoming an assistant site manager.”

“I’ve worked for various housebuilders as a site manager, senior site manager, construction manager and construction director. It would be great to think that one of the apprentices I now take on could have a similar career.”

Persimmon Homes East Midlands builds homes across Cambridgeshire, South Lincolnshire, Rutland and East Northamptonshire.