Redrow Homes has been named Great Britain Employer of the Year by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) – one of two awards won by the housebuilder in just one day.
Cheshire-based Redrow trainee Liam Sargeant, 20, from Warrington, was also a winner at the CITB Apprenticeship Awards, held at Plaisterers Hall, London, where he scooped the titles of England Apprentice of the Year and overall GB Apprentice of the Year. Former apprentice Liam has now been promoted to trainee site assistant.
Later the same day Redrow was named Large Employer of the Year at the National Apprenticeship Awards’ regional ceremony for West Midlands, organised by the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) and held at Edgbaston Cricket Ground, Birmingham.
Karen Jones, HR director for Redrow, said: “It’s a huge achievement to win both awards and it’s particularly rewarding that our efforts to promote apprenticeships and support young people have been recognised.
“It’s with great pride that we also congratulate our apprentice Liam Sargeant who already, at such a young age, has a host of awards under his belt. We look forward to seeing his career progress to great heights.
“Housebuilding is a diverse and complex industry that can offer a fast-paced and interesting work environment. One of our key aims is to encourage more young people to consider a career in construction and we offer a varied range of apprenticeships including trade, technical, commercial and office-based programmes.”
CITB are the largest provider of apprentices of the construction industry, with over 45 years’ experience of developing skilled workers. The CITB Apprenticeship Awards 2015 honoured the top apprentices and employers from Scotland, Wales and England. Nominations from across the three nations were put forward for this year's awards, and the winners were chosen following an intense selection process.
Now in their 12th year, the National Apprenticeship Awards are an opportunity to highlight the many success stories and the benefits of apprenticeships. For the fifth year running the very best employer category entries will have the additional bonus of featuring in the prestigious annual Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers list, which Redrow has featured in for the past two years.
One of the UK’s largest housebuilders Redrow has boosted its apprentice intake this year by 60% in a bid to reduce the skills gap. It has more than 100 bricklaying, carpentry and joinery, electrical and plumbing apprentices, plus 28 office based business administration, commercial and technical apprentices.
Redrow also has one of the industry’s best records for training and developing its staff. 15% of its workforce have official trainee status and the company also nurtures young talent through under-graduate work placements, post-graduate training and other vocational training.
You can find out more about Redrow’s apprentice schemes at: www.redrowcareers.co.uk/apprentices
Established more than 40 years, Redrow Homes is one of the UK’s leading house builders, operating across England and Wales, with a strong emphasis on high quality housing in prime locations. Its Heritage Collection of family homes combines traditional looking, ‘Arts & Crafts’ influenced exteriors with bright, modern, high specification interiors. The company has won numerous awards over the years, including, most recently, the Gold Award for Best Large Housebuilder at the WhatHouse? Awards 2014, the 2014 Building Awards Housebuilder of the Year and five consecutive 5* awards in the Home Builder Federation (HBF) annual customer satisfaction survey. Redrow also collected the award for best marketing initiative at the 2014 Housebuilder Awards and its ‘My Redrow’ online tool won the overall Customer Engagement category at the 2013 Peer Awards for Excellence.