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Royal seal of approval! Bedfordshire apprentice meets HRH The Princess Royal to open the NHBC’s Training Hub

16th May 2024
Redrow News - Royal Visit

A Bedfordshire apprentice met The Princess Royal to the official opening of NHBC’s new Apprenticeship Training Hub.

Tegan Pryor, aged 22, from Shefford, Bedfordshire, who is currently working as our South Midlands apprentice at four developments across the region, was delighted to greet The Princess Royal, Princess Anne, at the opening of the new Apprenticeship Training Hub in Cambridge.

The National House Building Council’s (NHBC) new Apprenticeship Training Hub is purpose-built to deliver the next generation of skilled house builders in the East of England.

The training hub is designed to help close the national skills gap and housing shortage – and will train 80 apprentices all year round. Equipped with classrooms, welfare and catering facilities, the centre also provides apprentices with a realistic outdoor working environment.

On the day, HRH The Princess Royal met with Tegan and other bricklaying apprentices who demonstrated the various stages in building a house and emphasised the need to encourage more people into housebuilding, with bricklaying being an excellent pathway into a rewarding and well-paid career.

Commenting on the afternoon, Tegan said: “I was delighted to meet HRH Princess Anne – it was certainly a day I won’t forget! Growing up, I knew I wanted a practical job, so the NHBC apprenticeship training programme was perfect.

“There is a lot to learn, and I initially started with five weeks at the NHBC Training Hub and then I was ready to go on site and put into practice the knowledge and skills I’d learnt. I then came back to the Hub, learned more and became focused and confident to go back onto site again.

“I’ve not been treated any differently being a female bricklayer. It hasn’t made a difference or affected me in any way – why should it? I’d say to any girl leaving school or woman looking to change career – go for it! You can earn brilliant money and more women are getting into the housebuilding industry as it has great career prospects which people don’t always realise.”

Andrew Newman, Sales Director for Redrow South Midlands, said: “We are delighted that HRH The Princess Royal met Tegan, one of Redrow South Midlands’ excellent apprentices.

“Bricklaying is at the heart of house building and we’re committed to supporting the next generation of housebuilders through our apprenticeship scheme. Our goal is to provide ambitious learners with the opportunity to expand their industry knowledge and gain hands on experience, equipping apprentices with the resources they need to achieve a career in their chosen field.

“We’re delighted Tegan has been recognised for all her hard work – and look forward to seeing where Tegan’s apprenticeship takes her in the future.”

Redrow South Midlands is building at Pilgrims Chase in Harlington, Leestone Park in Leighton Buzzard and Stonehill Meadow in Lower Stondon, Bedfordshire. Bedfordshire is a well-connected location, with accessible transport links to London for busy commuters, and a choice of three to five-bedroom houses for those with growing families.

For more information about developments across Bedfordshire, visit our page or call 01604 653315.

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