The bricks, enough to build a large three-bedroom house, will be put to use helping students and apprentices develop the skills they need to begin a successful career in construction as the industry seeks to attract the next generation to deliver much needed new housing.
Building a more diverse workforce is vital for the construction sector and earlier this year Persimmon launched its Target 50 initiative to recruit an additional 50 female apprentices or technical trainees in construction facing roles this year.
Councillor Matthew Brown, Leader of Preston City Council said: “The partnership between organisations and businesses such as Persimmon Homes with colleges across the city signifies the importance of investment in staff by building a skilled and committed workforce for the future.”
Preston College Chief Executive and Principal, Louise Doswell said: “The social value and community benefit from this valuable donation will undoubtedly have a great impact. It not only enables our learners to develop their skills with high-quality materials, but it also allows the college to continue training future generations to become employment-ready when they leave for industry.”
Mark Taylor, Head of School for Construction and the Built Environment said: “As a college we are committed to help support and grow construction in the local area. This donation will allow our learners to continue their training with the very best in trade supplies.”
Kevin Farrington managing director for Persimmon Homes Lancashire said: “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.