TRAINEES SET FOR CONTEST

PERSIMMON Homes Teesside has launched its Apprentice of the Year award scheme.

PERSIMMON Homes Teesside has launched its Apprentice of the Year award scheme.

Now in its fifth year, the contest aims to showcase and celebrate the achievements of the company’s own ever growing number of apprentices - a figure which currently stands at 290 across 24 regional offices - and highlight their value in the workplace.

All second and third year Persimmon apprentices are eligible to enter whether they specialise in bricklaying, carpentry or any other core discipline.

The employee to emerge triumphant will be awarded the top prize of £1,000, while also being crowned Apprentice of the Year 2007.

Like many Persimmon personnel across the group, chairman John White began his career as a bricklaying apprentice and is keen to reward those trainees who go the extra mile.

He said: “We are keen advocates of on-the-job training and place apprenticeship programmes at the heart of our business, indeed since 2003 when the award scheme launched, we have trained almost 1,700 apprentices.

“As well as providing nationally recognised qualifications and skills, apprenticeships are a fantastic stepping stone to a range of great prospects, in fact we have many personnel within the group who started their working life as an apprentice and are now enjoying extremely rewarding careers. It takes hard work and a great deal of dedication to succeed and I believe it’s important to recognise that commitment.

“This award scheme shows just how much we value our own apprentices while demonstrating that training in house building leads to recognised qualifications, real achievements and rewards.”

Judging involves assessment of the apprentice by both Persimmon personnel and college tutors to give a clear picture of the entrants’ overall performance and development to date.

Local winners will be announced in July - they then go through the regional heat and winners of that round, who will receive vouchers to the value of £250 to spend on tools, will be announced in August.

The national winner will be announced during October to coincide with National Construction Week - which runs from October 8-12.

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