HOUSEBUILDER Persimmon Homes South Coast has announced a recruitment drive to bring ex-military personnel into the business to help fight the skills shortage in the construction industry.
The housebuilder is working with Nordic Focus Training to retrain up to 500 people from the army, Royal Navy and RAF in bricklaying and joinery, across its 24 regional businesses in England, Scotland and Wales.
Speaking at the launch of the initiative, group chief executive officer Jeff Fairburn said: ‘We have worked hard over the course of 2014 to develop this programme to help us meet a shortage of much needed skilled tradesmen across the UK.
‘Earlier this year we appointed a dedicated ex-military resettlement specialist Tommy Watson to spearhead the programme and we began welcoming the first of our new employees at the start of October.
‘We are already on course to bring 500 new people into the business in 2015 and if our growth continues, we will repeat this in 2016.’
Persimmon employs 3,500 people across the UK, including in Portsmouth.