As the housing industry expands, there is a growing demand for new blood to come into the profession.
Jesse Judson, from Wolverhampton, was taken on as a trainee sales advisor with Persimmon Homes West Midlands. He says the role offers great job satisfaction as you help people buy their new home.
The 20-year-old, who is based at Ettingshall Place, a new development in Wolverhampton, left school after taking his AS Levels as he felt he was more suited to the work environment .
“Persimmon Homes was recommended to me by a colleague who said that selling new homes was a great job. I decided to email the sales director for the West Midlands region and was called in for an interview.
“I love my job and enjoy following people’s journey from finding their home to getting the keys. A lot of people think we just sit in the showhome but there is a lot of responsibility and you have to be quite driven. I would say you need to be personable, professional and mature.”
It takes around one year for Persimmon Homes to train its sale advisors, with courses including customer profiling and the schemes available to housebuyers.
Jesse was so impressed with his new role that it also inspired him to buy his own apartment, built by
Persimmon Homes West Midlands at Akron Gate, in Wolverhampton.
Richard Latham, Group HR Director, said: “Trainees bring a breath of fresh air into the industry. Traditionally, it is a role that has appealed to women, but we are now finding more and more men are attracted to this rewarding side of the business.
“The key thing we look for is enthusiasm and the ability to pick up product knowledge and impart that in a professional manner to the customer. A lot of our really successful sales advisors are school leavers, who did their ‘A’ Levels but decided university was not for them.”