Housebuilder donates bricks for college students

A housebuilder has cemented its relationship with the next generation of construction professionals at Exeter College with a donation of 10,000 bricks for education and training purposes.

The special delivery from Persimmon Homes South West was marked with an event at the college’s state-of-the-art construction facilities in the company of local apprentices and the leader of Exeter City Council, Cllr Phil Bialyk.

The bricks, enough to build a three-bedroom house, will be used by students at Exeter, and forms part of Persimmon’s commitment to develop the next generation of local construction workers in Devon.

Persimmon South West currently has ten local apprentices attending the College and the donation will give all students on the course at Exeter the opportunity to further enhance their bricklaying skills.

Dave O’Connor, head of faculty construction and the built environment at Exeter College, said: “On behalf of Exeter College, I would like to offer our sincere thanks to Persimmon Homes for its generous donation of 10,000 bricks, which will support the learning and development of our apprentices and students.
“The bricks will provide students with further opportunities to hone their skills in our state-of-the-art, industry-standard construction facilities, and ensure we continue to deliver a first-class learning experience.

“Our partnership with Persimmon goes from strength to strength as the College continues to develop a quality supply of talent for a multitude of partners across Devon’s construction industry.”

The brick donation comes as Persimmon South West recently joined forces with the Building Greater Exeter initiative.

This public and private sector employability and skills programme supports the built environment to shape the future workforce by inspiring new candidates, supporting employers and promoting a culture that makes it a great place to work across Exeter, East Devon and Teignbridge.

Persimmon South West’s construction director Harlan Bevis said:  “Exeter College is an outstanding teaching college with superb facilities for students looking to embark on a career in construction.

“The demand for new housing for local people in Exeter and right across Devon is well known, and as a local business it’s vital we support local construction students to maintain and develop a talented and diverse workforce.

“Persimmon is proud of our record developing the next generation of construction workers here in the South West, and we believe our partnership with Exeter College and Building Greater Exeter will further promote the many exciting careers the industry has to offer.

“We want local workers building homes for local people in Devon, and if we can develop our local apprentice pipeline and talent at Persimmon, we believe our ability to meet the local housing demand will only go from strength to strength.”

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