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Apprentices take their first step on the career ladder

With university tuition fees at record levels, and school leavers facing a tough employment market, 20 young people have found a route into employment that’s proven to work.

A group of new apprentices have been taken on by leading housebuilder Redrow. All aged between 16 and 26, they now have opportunity to get paid while they learn a trade, undertake an NVQ qualification and gain crucial on-the-job experience.

Richard Beadsmoore, group training and development manager for Redrow, says: “With over a million 16-24-year-olds unemployed in the UK, it’s vital firms continue to invest in young people to ensure we have skilled workers for the future.

“In a highly competitive job market, work experience is as important as qualifications and an apprenticeship gives people both. It’s a viable option for those who don’t want to get into debt paying high university tuition fees.”

Among the new recruits is Jack Moore, a carpentry and joinery apprentice, who becomes Redrow’s 250th apprentice in the last 10 years.

Based at Redrow’s Ty Newydd development in Wrexham, Jack, like the other new recruits will spend three years as an apprentice, splitting his time between working on site and attending college.

Richard added: “Taking on our 250th apprentice in 10 years is a significant milestone and it’s something we’re very proud of. We’ve seen many of them go on to very successful careers and just this year we promoted three of our former apprentices to management positions.”

Increasing the number of options that were open to the latest recruits, Redrow introduced two new trades this year; ground-works and maintenance operations, adding to the apprenticeships in carpentry and joinery, plumbing, brickwork and electrical offered historically.

The Redrow apprenticeship programme combines ‘on-the-job’ paid work and an NVQ completed over three years. Apprentices are placed with an experienced and trusted sub-contractor, where they can learn the skills required in their chosen trade while working on Redrow developments and also attending college one day a week.

Candidates are asked to take and pass the CITB Skills Learning Exercise (SLE) in order to be considered for an apprenticeship. The SLE tests applicants on their understanding of practical information they are likely to require on a building site, such as measurements and drawings, etc.

Redrow has recently employed 10 office administration apprentices as part of a new bespoke training programme. The company also runs a successful graduate training programme, offers undergraduate work placements, a trainee sales consultant programme and sales management trainee programme.

These and other training initiatives contributed to Redrow being included in Building magazine’s list of top employers last year. For more on career opportunities with Redrow, go to; for details of their new homes around the UK visit

Redrow Homes is one of the UK’s leading house builders, operating across England and Wales, with a strong emphasis on high quality family housing in prime locations. Its New Heritage Collection of family homes combines traditional looking, ‘Arts & Crafts’ influenced exteriors with bright, modern, high specification interiors. Established more than 35 years, the company has won numerous awards over the years. Redrow received a 5* Award in the Home Builder Federation (HBF) annual customer satisfaction survey in 2011 and 2012; collected the Gold award in the Large Housebuilder category of the 2011 What House? awards; and its ‘Our Pride ~ Your Joy’ campaign was named best marketing initiative at the 2011Housebuilder Awards for innovation and excellence.  Web: