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Former Army recruit constructs new career

An apprentice from Larbet is benefiting from a leading national housebuilder’s trainee programme with the aim of becoming the best in the business.

Bricklayer David Hill has embarked on a four year Trades Apprenticeship  programme with Persimmon Homes East Scotland.

Having served two years in the forces as a bricklayer, the 25-year-old has returned to civilian life with the hope of progressing his skills and career.

David said: “After leaving the forces I found it difficult to find suitable employment so was delighted to secure the apprenticeship.

“I am very grateful to Persimmon Homes for giving me this opportunity particularly at my age. As part of the course I move around the developments to develop my skills. However, I’m currently working at Copper Beech Grove which is only five miles from home, which is a complete bonus.”

The housebuilder’s trainee initiative sees apprentices complete a four year day release course introducing them to the construction industry covering all aspects of the building sector for their area of specialism.

David Simpson, contracts manager at Persimmon Homes East Scotland, said: “Our apprenticeship programme attracts a lot of applicants. For us, David’s dedication, passion and confidence stood out which secured him the position and we are very happy to have him as part of our team.

 “We are committed to investing in future talent so as part of the programme we continually monitor our apprentices moving them to various developments to maximise their skills and knowledge which ultimately builds their expertise.”