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Graduates lay foundation for construction careers

Posted onPosted on 8th Feb

Two graduates have joined the Mansfield-based headquarters of Persimmon Homes Nottingham with the goal of building a successful career in the construction industry.

Grace Francis, 22, from Mapperley, has been appointed graduate planner, having secured a degree in Urban Studies and Planning from the University of Sheffield, while AJ Stanton, from West Bridgford, gained a degree in Planning and Property Development from Oxford Brookes University and joins the company as graduate land buyer.

Grace is initially working alongside experienced planners on new and proposed developments in the region.

She said: “I am particularly interested in uncovering the potential in urban spaces and creating developments that will benefit local people and the community. Joining a well-established housebuilder means I am surrounded by knowledgeable and experienced professionals from the industry who are already very willing to support my career.”

Twenty-three-year-old AJ said: “There is something exciting about seeing a project through from finding a site, to achieving planning, all the way to the last house being sold. As a land buyer I enjoy being at the beginning of the process and be involved right to the end.”

As well as his day-to-day business activity, AJ is studying for his postgraduate Chartered Surveyor (RICS) qualifications.

Welcoming the newcomers, regional land director Carl Oxley said: “We are delighted to welcome Grace and AJ to the team. They are set to play a key part in the company’s growth strategy.

“Alongside our experienced teams, both on site and in our offices, we feel it is vital that we attract high quality young professionals to the company, to ensure we deliver the very best new homes to our customers long into the future.”

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