A leading housebuilder has generously donated to Lakes College in Workington gifting them 10,000 bricks to support the training and aid the next generation of interested in construction. 

The special delivery was handed to Principal Chris Nattress, Councillor Mark Fryer, Leader of the new Cumberland Council, representatives of Persimmon Homes and some of the college’s construction apprentices.

College Principal Chris Nattress said: “We are delighted to work in partnership with Persimmon Homes and are thrilled with their very kind donation of bricks to support our construction students and apprentices.

“Partnerships with key employers in the construction industry are vital to the work we do in developing the diverse talent construction in Cumbria needs and generous donations such as this are an important part of helping develop the stars of the future.”

Mark Jenkinson, MP for Workington said: “It is great to see our education providers working with business. It is important that training providers are providing the skilled workforce that is required locally. This engagement with business will ensure that our local skills needs are met and our local economy is strengthened.”

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The donation is equal to a large three-bedroom house and will be greatly appreciated by students and apprentices whilst they develop using the materials donated.

The donation comes after Persimmon launched their Target 50 initiative to recruit an additional 50 female apprentices or technical trainees in construction facing roles this year. They believe a diverse workforce is vital.

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.

“We are particularly proud of our links to local colleges and helping young people across the region to develop the skills they need to pursue one of the many exciting careers that housebuilding has to offer.

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