Construction industry ‘newcomer’, Josie Scrimgour, has received a promotion at Genesis Homes.

The 21-year-old proved her potential after joining the company less than two years ago, and has now been given the role of project manager.

Initially employed as a trainee land and technical administrator in May 2022, her passion and proficiency have prompted the management team to give her more responsibility for daily operations.

In her new role, Ms Scrimgour will be more involved in land acquisition, progressing planning applications, and managing all elements of upcoming projects until they are handed over to the construction and commercial teams.

She said: "When I joined Genesis Homes I had no background in housebuilding - in fact I was working in a pub while looking for local opportunities - so I count myself as a bit of a newcomer.

“But I have had so much support from my line manager John Blue and managing director Nicky Gordon, who have given me access to all aspects of the company which has been pivotal in helping me develop my knowledge of the wider industry.

“I’m really excited about continuing to learn new skills in the role, and I’ve already been trusted to lead on two planning applications, both of which were approved, and I am preparing five more. It's fair to say that my workload has increased.

“Genesis Homes promotes an environment of career progression and I can’t wait to see how far I can go in the industry with the full support of Nicky, John and my colleagues.”

Genesis Homes’ land and sales director, John Blue, praised Ms Scrimgour’s dedication to her role.

He said: “Since joining the company, Josie has impressed the team with her hard work and dedication to creating opportunities across the business, and she is a popular member of staff among her peers.

“She has become an important member of our team as she strives to learn new things and develop her understanding of the industry, and we are excited to see how she continues to flourish with the extra responsibilities that come with the Project Manager role.

“We have already seen the benefits of her work with the successful achievement of planning permissions for two housing developments comprising a combined total of 190 new homes.”

Recently, Genesis Homes was granted permission to build 90 homes at Sandsfield Way on the outskirts of Carlisle, and 99 more at its Derwent Rise site in the Cumbrian village of Seaton.

Ms Scrimgour, who recently took part in the two-day Home Builders Federation’s Future Talent Conference, is also actively involved in the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility programme, focusing on raising funds for Genesis Homes' charities.