As competition for apprenticeship places increases, a trainee from North Manchester who stands out above his peers has been recognised for his efforts by developer Redrow.
The housebuilder’s Apprentice of the Year award is always hotly contended by those learning the tricks of the various trades at Redrow developments across England and Wales.
Second year apprentice bricklayer Robert Jones, 19, from Moston, was highly commended for his work on new homes in his local neighbourhood at Woodville Gardens.
“When you see the homes taking shape it feels like you’ve achieved something and I’m happy to be helping to improve the area,” Robert said.
“I always wanted to work in the construction industry and I’m enjoying learning the trade. An apprenticeship is a great opportunity to learn and it gives you a good start in life. Hopefully I’ll go on to become a site manager one day.”
Robert, a former pupil of The Radclyffe school, was one of five Redrow apprentices recognised in this year’s awards.
Richard Beadsmoore, Redrow’s Group training and development manager, said: “Figures from the National Apprenticeship Service suggest that an average of 11 applications are received for every apprenticeship role available. While we’ve more than doubled our intake this year, we’ve also seen a substantial increase in enquiries as more people look toward learning a trade as a viable alternative to pursuing a more traditionally academic career path such as university. Many others see it as an opportunity to retrain and learn valuable new skills.
“Apprenticeships aren’t an easy option and there’s lots of hard work involved both on site and at college. Our Apprentice of the Year awards recognise and reward the sterling efforts of our trainees throughout the year. I extend my congratulations to all of our apprentices who’ve helped in the construction of our new homes across England and Wales.”
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 to do their chosen job whilst working on Redrow developments and also going to college one day a week.
Those interested in a career with Redrow can register their interest online at www.redrowplc.co.uk/Careers-And-Recruitment.