Charles Church appoints 100th ex-military employee
20 May 2015
Charles Church is celebrating after welcoming the 100th ex-military recruit as part of the Combat to Construction initiative.
Charles Church, together with sister company Persimmon Homes, launched Combat to Construction last autumn with the opening of a dedicated training centre in Darlington. The initiative trains ex-service personnel to be bricklayers and joiners. Such has been the success of the programme; the company is now working with training partner Nordic Focus Training to open a further centre near London which will officially launch in June.
Craig Payne is the 100th ex-services employee to join the team. He’ll work in Charles Church’s North Midlands operating company as a bricklayer. He is a former Lance Corporal in the Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters and since joining the British Army in 2001 has served across the UK, Kenya, Canada, Belize, Northern Ireland and Afghanistan.
The news of the 100th appointment comes in the same week that the company announces its total employees has now exceeded 4,000. This number includes 500 trainees and apprentices across the group. At the end of the recession, the business employed 2,300 people.
Jeff Fairburn, group CEO, said demand for new housing remains high and the recruitment of excellent people to join the business is a priority.
“Our company was established over 40 years ago as a family business. Although we have grown significantly over the years, these family values remain pivotal to our success. The 100 ex-service personnel now working for Charles Church and Persimmon Homes have brought a wealth of experience to the company and our objective is to bring in hundreds more before the close of the year.
Indeed, I’m delighted to announce that we have had a further 40 service leavers join us in other roles within the business in the last year. Alongside creating bricklayers and joiners, we are now extending the initiative to train specialist installers for our Space4 timber frame operation at developments across the UK."
To find out more visit www.persimmonjobs.com and click on working with us. All jobs for service leavers are listed on ‘RightJob’ and if you have access you should apply through www.ctp.org.uk, searching for Persimmon.