Redrow ranks among top apprenticeship employers

As the only major housebuilder to rank in the Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers, Redrow has cemented its commitment to training young people.

Out of the UK’s 10 largest housebuilders, the company was the only one to be ranked in the prestigious list, which is compiled annually by the National Apprenticeship Service in partnership with City & Guilds.

The list was announced at the National Apprenticeship Awards, an event that recognises excellence in businesses that employ apprentices. Redrow also scooped the Brathay Apprentice Challenge Community Project Award and was highly commended in the West Midlands BAE systems Large Employer of the Year 2013 category at the ceremony.

There was further success for Redrow at WorldSkills UK National Competition at The Skills Show. Apprentice bricklayer Tom Dixon was highly commended for his brickwork.

Tom, 21, works at Holtby Gardens in Cottingham and attends Hull College.

Richard Beadsmoore, Redrow’s Group training and development manager, said: “We’re delighted that our commitment to investing in the talent of young people and their training and development have been recognised with these awards. An apprenticeship is a great way to get onto the career ladder and this year alone we’ve recruited around 50 apprentices, while many of our former trainees have gone on to build a successful career with Redrow.”

Redrow’s trade apprenticeship programme combines ‘on-the-job’ paid work and an NVQ completed over three years in skills such as joinery, bricklaying and plumbing.Trade apprentices are placed with an experienced and trusted sub-contractor, where they can learn the skills required to do their chosen job whilst working on Redrow developments and also going to college one day a week.

Redrow also employs a number of office based apprentices across various departments.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and Tim Campbell, a former winner of the BBC series The Apprentice presented the Brathay Apprentice Challenge Community Project Award to Redrow South West apprentices. The group’s efforts to revamp a shed to provide a summerhouse for children at ASK St Nicholas, a specialist after school club in Chippenham, impressed judges.

Writing to Redrow, Mr Clegg, said: “Apprenticeships are at the heart of our drive for a stronger economy: equipping people of all ages with the skills employers need to help their businesses prosper and compete in a global market.

“And, as we work to increase the opportunities for hard-working young to people to achieve their ambitions through high-quality apprenticeship training, it is vitally important that we celebrate the achievements of employers like you, who go the extra mile to help their apprentices and succeed.”

Karen Woodward, interim director of apprenticeships at the National Apprenticeship Service, added: “Apprenticeships are a brilliant way for businesses to grow their own talent, and nurture a dedicated and loyal workforce. All of the businesses on this list have shown a real commitment to their apprentices, and are shining examples of how engaging with Apprenticeships can help your business to thrive.”

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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 Heritage Collection of family homes combines traditional looking, ‘Arts & Crafts’ influenced exteriors with bright, modern, high specification interiors. Established almost 40 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, 2012 and 2013; collected the Silver award in the Large Housebuilder category of the 2012 What House? awards; and its ‘Share a little bit of joy’ campaign was named best marketing initiative at the 2012 Housebuilder Awards.  Web: