Recognition for apprentices

For News:'The Bond Building on Anderson Place, Leith, which is being built by Persimmon.'It is at least a year behind schedule.
For News:'The Bond Building on Anderson Place, Leith, which is being built by Persimmon.'It is at least a year behind schedule.

Persimmon Homes East Scotland has launched its Young Achievers awards recognising the work of its apprentices and sales trainees.

Jeff Fairburn, who became chief executive of the company last year, emphasised the role young people play. He himself started in the construction industry as a 17-year-old apprentice quantity surveyor.

Jim Kirkpatrick, managing director, said: “It is a very exciting time to be starting your career in the construction industry and the Persimmon Young Achievers awards programme aims to reward those youngsters who have got off to a flying start.

“With high youth unemployment and people talking of a ‘lost generation’ it is important that we nurture our young workforce, give them the skills they need to succeed, and then watch them flourish and forge successful careers.”

Categories include Trade Apprentice of the Year, Sales Trainee of the Year and Business Trainee of the Year. One winner will be crowned Young Achiever of the Year and cash prizes will also be presented.