The region’s leading housebuilder has announced it is taking part in a national recruitment drive to find 225 young people to join the business.
Persimmon Homes Wessex is searching for up to five new apprentices in brick-laying and joinery, two new trainee sales advisors and two graduate/trainee technical staff.
Managing director Steve Roche says he wants to hear from young people across the region, looking for their first job in the construction industry.
“This is a fantastic opportunity for young people to join a thriving business,” said Steve.
“We work hard on our training programmes and enjoy sharing our knowledge with young people and progressing them through the business. Many of our current directors started their careers at 16, and our current chief executive, Jeff Fairburn, started on a Youth Training Scheme. You never know, one of these young people may be our future chief executive in years to come!”
A new report carried out by Persimmon has found that young adults may be basing their futures on inaccurate perceptions that could affect their job expectations, salaries and career paths.
Pictured, right: apprentice Stuart Grainger
Despite the staggering increase in fees and lack of prospective job opportunities, Persimmon’s research shows that 70% of 12 to 18 year olds still hope to go to University.
Findings show that young adults have negative expectations of apprenticeships, which can lead to them making uninformed education and career choices.
The research conducted shows that over 6 in 10 (61%) young adults aged 12 to 18 believe that going to University will help them to secure a job more easily. Contradicting this, the latest unemployment figures show that 950,000 young adults in the UK are still out of work and further studies show competition is so fierce that employers receive 56 applications for each graduate vacancy.
Although there has been a positive increase in the numbers of young adults now starting their career as an apprentice, research shows that there are still overwhelming numbers of 12 to 18 year old across the UK who are unaware about apprenticeships or have misconceived perceptions about the benefits they offer.
1 in 10 young adults admit to having no idea about what an apprenticeship is, nearly a fifth (19%) think apprenticeships are suited to those who are not smart enough to go to University, 13% believe apprenticeships require someone to work for free and nearly a quarter (24%) are under the impression that they are only available for a small selection of industries.
Persimmon’s chief executive, Jeff Fairburn, believes that being uneducated about apprenticeships as a career option leaves young adults with less options and may hold them back from meeting their career goals.
“My own experience of starting work at 17 has been a positive one. We’re delighted to be giving young people the opportunity to join us.”
Young people can find out more by visiting www.persimmonhomes.com/jobs.