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Redrow reports record number of trainees as recruitment rises by a fifth

• Record 353 trainees working at leading housebuilder in 2017 – 19% increase on 2016
• 22% of trainees are female – significantly higher than the industry average of 14%
• Wide selection of trainees working to become quantity surveyors, designers and civil engineers. 17% of Redrow’s total workforce are trainees
• Redrow trainee figures follow Autumn Budget where Government announced over £200m in new money to boost construction skills

Redrow, the leading UK housebuilder, now has a record 353 trainees in their workforce, up 19% from the 297 in 2016. Trainees work across all parts of the business with many training to become quantity surveyors, designers, civil engineers and general construction tradesmen. Almost a quarter of trainees - 22% - are female which is significantly higher than the 14% industry average reported by the NHBC.

Redrow’s latest trainee figures follow on from the Government’s Autumn Budget, where the Chancellor announced over £200m in new money for training the next generation of construction industry workers.

While many trainees undertake construction trade apprenticeships, they have access to a range of careers including quantity surveying, design, civil engineering, business administration and site management, as well as undergraduate placements and bespoke rotational graduate programmes. Commercial and technical apprentices can achieve a degree and professional membership of either the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, Institute of Civil Engineers or the Chartered Institute of Building over a 7 year period, fully funded by Redrow and finishing without incurring any student debt.

Karen Jones, HR Director at Redrow and trustee of the Construction Industry Training Board, says: “Redrow has a strong history of giving young people the skills they need to succeed in the housebuilding industry. This year we welcome another record intake of new trainees who will have the best possible start to their careers. The construction industry faces a looming skills gap that will only be exacerbated by Brexit. Housebuilders like us are investing in the next generation of construction industry talent and the Government’s Autumn Budget contained a set of additional commitments to support more young people into the sector which we warmly welcome.

John Tutte, CEO at Redrow, currently chairs of the Home Building Skills Partnership and has ensured that skills training is a key focus for the company. As a member of the 5% Club, Redrow is committed to having apprentices, graduates or sponsored students make up at least 5% of the workforce in the next five years. In practice, Redrow goes far beyond this and 17% of the total workforce are trainees.

As part of Redrow’s holistic approach to training, apprentices get the chance to develop their leadership and management skills by undertaking projects in the community. Current graduates are already working on the Big Build Challenge launched by Considerate Constructors to engage with local school children and get them thinking creatively about the environment.

In Bristol meanwhile, a group of 12 graduate trainees recently completed a project in partnership with Help Bristol’s Homeless to convert an empty shipping container into a habitable space for the city’s homeless population.

Karen Jones continues: “Redrow’s work in the community gives our trainees a holistic experience that allows them to develop soft skills such as communication, leadership and problem solving, alongside their on-the-job experience, through working with local schools and charities. We feel that this rounded approach to development sets up our trainees for a successful future and ensures the next generation of housebuilders are the best they can be.”

Case Study:
Matthew Finch
1st year graduate

Matthew Finch

Based in Redrow’s Kent office, 26 year old Matthew Finch, joined the Redrow rotational graduate scheme in September 2017. Before joining, Matthew gained a Bachelors in Science, a PGCE and an NVQ Level 6 in Construction Management.

Matthew has previously worked on site as an Assistant Site Manager, but as soon as the opportunity arose he applied to the Redrow graduate scheme based on the company’s reputation and the access he would have to on- and offline training programmes. Despite knowing that he wanted a career in house building, Matthew is grateful for the opportunity the rotational scheme provides to gain knowledge and experience in the different areas of the industry.

Matthew comments “Although I knew I wanted to work in the house building industry, I want to gain a holistic view of the business. The rotational scheme is allowing me to rotate in all the different departments before going into the department which is most suitable for me and the business. Thanks to the grad-scheme, I now know I will have the expertise and foundations to be successful within the business.

“I am looking forward to spending time scoping out new developments and like the thought of being able to take a scheme from the very beginning to completion with residents moving in and communities forming. I think that will be incredibly rewarding.

“I’d like to progress up the corporate ladder in the future and become more involved with not only building the best homes, but building them in the best locations. Since joining Redrow, I have really enjoyed the atmosphere and company culture. Everyone here is so accommodating and helpful. Despite being extremely busy, senior members of staff are always willing to take the time to set me tasks, ensuring that I fully understand and are genuinely interested in my personal development.”

Redrow was established in 1974. Today, it is one of the most successful and acclaimed property developers in the UK, building over 5,400 premium quality family homes a year in prime locations across England and Wales. Over Redrow’s history spanning more than 40 years, it has earned a unique reputation for quality and building beautiful homes, which people love to live in. To help achieve this it also focusses on two other key areas: valuing people and creating outstanding locations. Implementing its strategy whilst engaging with colleagues and stakeholders helps Redrow deliver significant value to investors and the wider community. Redrow is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the FTSE 250 index. For the year ended 30th June 2017, the Group reported record revenues of £1.65 billion. Redrow has been awarded the ‘Best Large Housebuilder’ title twice in the last three years at the What House? Awards. This year, Redrow was named as a UK Top 100 Apprenticeship Employer for the fourth consecutive year. Visit redrow.co.uk for more details.