Redrow’s graduate training programme brings a fresh influx of university leavers into the company’s ranks every year. It has proved to be the perfect spring board for a long-term career with the company as five of last year’s participants have been promoted to full time positions and will take up their new roles in January.
One graduate who will make the leap from trainee to permanent employee is Leanne Allen, based at Redrow’s South Midlands division in Northampton. The 25-year-old will begin her new role as land manager in the New Year. Leanne graduated with a geography degree from the University of Liverpool before going on to do an MA in planning at the University of Manchester. She joined Redrow’s Graduate Training Programme in September 2011 and has since gained experience in five key departments, Land, Technical, Construction, Sales and Commercial.
Leanne said: “After graduating I was keen to find a role that provided me with strong business grounding, presented a diverse range of opportunities and gave me the chance to be involved in fascinating industry. Redrow’s graduate programme had the perfect mix.
“The training has hugely helped my professional development and will be beneficial to me throughout my future career, particularly now I’m progressing to a management role. I have found the graduate scheme hugely enjoyable, varied and interesting and I look forward to continuing my progression within this excellent company.”
In September this year, the company welcomed five new graduates, who will no doubt be hoping to follow in the footsteps of Leanne and her colleagues; Conor Roberts, Matthew Tudor Owen, Gregory Allsopp, Chris Glover and Tom Pearson join Redrow’s divisional teams based in Cardiff, Ewloe, Bristol, Basildon and London respectively.
They have begun a high intensity training programme, which offers participants the chance to take on responsibility at an early stage, with the intention of developing them into future company leaders. It is a 15-month programme during which graduates spend time working in each key department of the business on rotation.
Karen Jones, HR Director at Redrow, said: “This training programme provides a solid platform from which to build a career with Redrow. It combines training, evidence gathering, project work and demonstration of competence to ensure they are well equipped to take on a prominent role within the company later.
“Successful candidates will face a challenging recruitment process, which includes a written application, telephone interview, assessment day and final interviews with divisional managing directors.”
In addition to its graduate programme, Redrow has also recruited eight under-graduate work placements and 32 new apprentices in 2012.
The undergraduate placement programme has also proved to be a route into full-time employment. In July this year Redrow welcomed back Sam Bullough, who undertook a 12-month undergraduate work placement with the firm in 2010/11. Sam has now taken up the position of assistant designer after completing his degree in Architectural Technology at The University of Huddersfield.
Graduates can apply for Redrow’s 2013 scheme at www.redrowplc.co.uk. The closing date for 2013 applications is Friday, January 25th, 2013.
Redrow builds around 2,500 new homes annually across England and Wales, with an emphasis on traditional, detached family housing from its New Heritage Collection. The company directly employs around 1,000 people and provides employment for thousands of sub-contractors on its housing sites. With its own purpose-built national training centre in Tamworth, Staffs, and more than 2,300 training days delivered to staff in the last year, the UK housebuilder has one of the best training records in the industry.
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 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: www.redrow.co.uk.