Redrow Homes is launching its annual apprentice recruitment drive at the start of National Apprenticeship Week (March 9 - 13).
During the week, Redrow will be kick-starting its recruitment drive by visiting schools and colleges across the region to talk to students about its training schemes.
The housebuilder already ranks in The City & Guilds top 100 apprentice employers in England, as well as the 2014 Building Good Employer Guide, both for the second consecutive year.
Award- winning apprentice bricklayer Liam Sargeant, 19, from Great Sankey, Warrington joined Redrow as an apprentice in 2013 and is enjoying combining paid on the job training with the opportunity to gain a recognised NVQ qualification.
This week Liam, who is based at Redrow’s New Heys development, in Liverpool, met Esther McVey, Department for Work and Pensions Minister, when she visited the site, to talk to her about the value of apprenticeships and even gave her a brick laying demonstration (pictured).
He said: “Being an apprentice is a real eye opener to the industry. You meet new people, learn new skills and gain an insight into other people’s skills as well as your own, all while earning a wage.”
Liam also has three awards under his tool belt: He is one of Redrow’s reigning ‘apprentices of the year’, ‘Your Move Apprentice of the Year 2014 and was also named ‘Apprentice / New Starter of the Year’ at the esteemed Builder and Engineer Awards 2014. A former student at Penketh High School in Warrington, Liam left school with nine GCSEs and took up a full time college place at Warrington Collegiate to learn bricklaying before joining Redrow as an apprentice. Liam is one year ahead of schedule with his NVQ Level 3 qualification.
Redrow’s announcement that is it taking on 50 new trade apprentices nationally coincides with the National Apprenticeship Service’s (NAS) ‘100 Reasons Why’ campaign, which aims to highlight the importance of apprenticeships and why companies employ young trainees.
Karen Jones, HR director for Redrow Homes, said: “We’ve made a further commitment this year to take on another 50 trade apprentices. We already have more than 100 bricklaying, carpentry and joinery and plumbing apprentices working for us plus dozens of office based, commercial and technical apprentices.
“We’re also right behind NAS’s ‘100 reasons why’ campaign. There are so many great reasons to employ apprentices. Not only are they essential to ensure a skilled workforce for the future and an integral part of our sustainability agenda, they also bring fresh ideas, energy and enthusiasm to our workforce and increase business productivity.”
Redrow has one of the industry’s best records for training and developing its staff with 15% of its workforce having official trainee status. As well as apprenticeships, the company nurtures young talent through under-graduate work placements, post-graduate training and other vocational training.
With trade apprenticeship schemes across its building sites, Redrow also runs apprentice programmes for administration, design and technical and commercial roles at its north west and north Wales divisional headquarters in Chorley and Ewloe and has a great track record of promoting apprentices to more senior positions.
You can find out more and apply for Redrow’s apprentice schemes at: www.redrowcareers.co.uk/apprentices.