Sixteen year old Harrison Bradshaw from Chorley is keeping up a family tradition which has spanned more than 40 years by following his dad and grandfather into working for the same housebuilder.
Harrison, his dad Chris (42) and grandfather Stan (75) have all worked for Redrow, building new homes across Lancashire – and what’s more Harrison and Chris live in a Redrow home too!
Harrison, a former pupil of Balshaw’s Church of England High School in Leyland, is one of a new intake of Redrow technical and commercial apprentices. First launched in 2014, the two-year scheme is proving a great success when it comes to developing home grown talent and filling key skills gaps.
As part of his training, Harrison is working in the technical department at the regional headquarters of Redrow Homes (Lancashire) at Buckshaw Village, near Chorley. He will also spend time at Redrow’s in-house learning and development centre in Tamworth and at Coleg Cambria in Wrexham as part as his further education, in which he will be supported to gain an NVQ level 3 in Civil Engineering or Architectural Design.
Harrison follows in the footsteps of dad Chris, who works for one of Redrow’s preferred joinery contractors, DNA Construction, based in Leyland, and has been helping to build Redrow homes across Lancashire for more than 20 years. During that time he’s worked on four Redrow developments that have won NHBC ‘Pride in the Job’ quality awards.
Like Harrison, Chris Bradshaw followed his own father into the house-building sector as, prior to his retirement, Stan was Redrow’s chief engineer in Lancashire, having moved over to the business when the company acquired house building firm Whelmar in 1987.
Chris Mills, now technical director of Redrow’s Lancashire division, worked with Stan for 18 years. He said: “I learnt many things from Stan in my early years at Redrow so it’s a real pleasure now to have Harrison join us in the technical team and to be able to mentor him as he learns on the job. He is full of enthusiasm and, like his father and grandfather before him, will become a great asset to our team, helping to build houses for a new generation of families across Lancashire and neighbouring counties.”
Harrison said: “When I was in school I did a two week work placement at Redrow and loved it. I had thought about following my dad into joinery but I enjoy working on computers, so wanted to go down a route that would help me to learn lots of different skills such as computer aided design. I am getting to try lots of new things as part of my apprenticeship and am really enjoying the experience. I would like to thank Chris and all the technical team who have made me feel very welcome. Help is always on hand if I’m stuck and I know I’ll have lots of support with my studies.”
So far Harrison has had the opportunity to work on Redrow’s planned Bridgewater View development, close to Mosley Common in Greater Manchester, with others in the pipeline. He’s certainly no stranger to the look and feel of a Redrow home as he has lived in one for seven years at Buckshaw Village. It seems that his new job really is home from home!
For more information on careers at Redrow visit www.redrowcareers.co.uk
Established more than 40 years, Redrow Homes is one of the UK’s leading house builders, with a £1billion turnover and building more than 4,000 homes in 2014/15 financial year.
Operating across England and Wales, there is a strong emphasis on providing high quality homes in prime locations and its housing ranges feature designs to suit all lifestyles:
• The Heritage Collection combines traditional looking, ‘Arts & Crafts’ influenced exteriors with bright, modern, high specification interiors.
• The classically styled Regent Collection features Georgian inspired street scenes and architecture.
• Redrow has also launched a new brand of contemporary homes in Abode, which boast open plan layouts with streamlined kitchen, dining and lounge areas, high specification wet rooms and outdoor living space.
Redrow also creates exclusive bespoke developments in both rural and urban locations. The company has won numerous awards over the years, including, most recently, the Gold Award for Best Large Housebuilder at the What House? Awards 2015 and 2014, Best House Design at the Sunday Times British Home Awards 2015 and the 2014 Building Awards Housebuilder of the Year. Its ‘My Redrow’ online tool won the overall Customer Engagement category at the 2013 Peer Awards for Excellence. Web: www.redrow.co.uk