Caroline from Little Harrowden gets 'stuck in' to new construction role

Bosses have said she is already making an impact on-site in Barton Seagrave with her ‘can do’ attitude

Thursday, 22nd April 2021, 4:51 pm
Updated Thursday, 22nd April 2021, 4:52 pm
Persimmon Homes Midlands trainee assistant site manager Caroline Swannell at the company’s Cranford Chase development
Persimmon Homes Midlands trainee assistant site manager Caroline Swannell at the company’s Cranford Chase development

A woman from Little Harrowden is building a career in construction in a new trainee assistant site manager role for a leading housebuilder.

Caroline Swannell, from Little Harrowden, was offered the job with Persimmon Homes Midlands on International Women’s Day and leapt at the chance to get on site at the company’s Cranford Chase development in Barton Seagrave.

She said: “Sometimes people are surprised to see a woman on site, but that just gives me the drive to show them what I can do.

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“I have always had a love for construction and previously worked on site with family members.

"I was actually training to be a bricklayer when the opportunity arose with Persimmon and I couldn’t wait to get stuck in.”

The 36-year-old worked in a range of different jobs before settling on the construction trade – and she is keen to show what a great industry it is for people of all ages.

Caroline said: “My ambition is to progress to become a fully-fledged site manager and build a long-term career in construction management.

"Persimmon offers a comprehensive in-house training programme, covering all aspects of the role, so I know I will always stay up to date on industry regulations and new techniques.

“I intend to bring my attention to detail and commitment to customer satisfaction to deliver perfect houses for local people to live in.”

Tom Walker construction director for Persimmon Homes Midlands, added: “We have been very impressed with how quickly Caroline has settled into her new role.

"She is already making an impact out on site with her ‘can do’ attitude.

“Recruiting and developing the right people is key to Persimmon’s growth and progression, and the company has a proud history of training and promoting from within.

“We have our own structured career development programme – the Persimmon Pathway – designed to support employees from induction to excellence, and have recently gained accreditation to deliver our own NVQ programme for site managers, helping to build the workforce of the future.”

Persimmon Homes Midlands operates new build homes developments across Northamptonshire, Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire.

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