Persimmon launches ex-military recruitment drive

Persimmon has launched a recruitment drive to employ up to 500 ex-military personnel into its business.

The volume housebuilder is working with Nordic Focus Training to offer ex service personnel from the Army, Royal Navy and RAF the chance to retrain in bricklaying and joinery, completing an 18-month training programme, which involves work on site and in the classroom.

The launch, which took place at the company’s Potters Wynd scheme in Durham, follows Persimmon’s appointment earlier this year of a dedicated ex-military resettlement specialist, Tommy Watson, to head the initiative. Persimmon’s first wave of ex-servicemen joined at the start of October.

Persimmon’s group chief executive officer, Jeff Fairburn, said:

“We have worked hard over the course of 2014 to develop this programme to help us meet a shortage of much needed skilled tradesmen across the UK.

“It can be difficult for people coming out of the armed forces to find suitably rewarding work,” he added. “Our courses welcome new people every four weeks and based on the recruits we’ve already seen we are very excited with the quality of the candidates and some of them I’m sure will go on to take management positions within the business in the future.”

By David Mote, Editor