Creating 500 jobs for ex-military

Jeff Fairburn, group CEO, Persimmon plc with ex-forces serviceman Ross Wilson who is training to be a bricklayer with Brigadier Greville Bibby looking on.
Jeff Fairburn, group CEO, Persimmon plc with ex-forces serviceman Ross Wilson who is training to be a bricklayer with Brigadier Greville Bibby looking on.

Leading housebuilder, Persimmon Homes West Yorkshire, has announced a recruitment drive to bring ex-military personnel into the business to help fight the skills shortage in the construction industry.

The housebuilder is working with Nordic Focus Training, to retrain up to 500 people from the Army, Royal Navy and RAF in bricklaying and joinery, across its 24 regional businesses in England, Scotland and Wales.

Persimmon currently employs 3500 people across the UK.

Persimmon will build over 13,000 new homes in 2014 and plans to open many more developments in 2015.

The builder has developments across West Yorkshire, including sites Morley,

Group CEO Jeff Fairburn said “As a business, we appreciate how hard our team works to support our growth and deliver new homes to communities across the UK. Each year hundreds of young new apprentices and trainees join us and I know that the latest ex-service people to join us will be welcomed by everyone.”