A leading construction company has strengthened its relationship with Carlisle College through a donation of 10,000 bricks.

The special delivery was welcomed last week by college Principal Sarah McGrath in the company of John Stevenson MP, and other representatives of Persimmon Homes.

John Stevenson, MP for Carlisle said: “I am delighted to be here to see how this donation will support the practical aspects of the training of students in the construction industry. This will undoubtedly strengthen the relationship between employers and skills providers putting emphasis on the skills both valued by employers and needed for real jobs.”

The bricks, which is enough to build a large three-bedroom house, will be used by students and apprentices for developing the skills needed for a successful career in construction.

College Principal Sarah McGrath said: “We are extremely grateful for the generous donation and support shown by Persimmon Homes. This visit has provided a great opportunity to discuss training needs and how we can work together to meet the demand of local workforces whilst training the next generation of construction workers.”

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Persimmon launched their Target 50 initiative to recruit an additional 50 female apprentices or technical trainees in construction facing roles this year. They believe that building a more diverse workforce is vital for the construction sector and earlier this year.

John Roocroft, Regional Managing Director for Persimmon Homes Lancashire & Scotland added: “With the need for new housing well documented, we know how important it is to support construction students and help develop a diverse, talented workforce for the years ahead."

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