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Redrow Lancashire shower apprentice plumber with top award

TRAINEE plumber Owen Caslin-Barnes is awash with pride after winning one of Redrow’s most coveted accolades, Apprentice of the Year.

The 18-year-old from Halewood has been awarded the top title for Redrow’s Lancashire division - which includes parts of Merseyside and Greater Manchester - after being chosen from a host of young individuals who have impressed judges with their performances over the last year.

Owen, who is currently based at Redrow’s Summerhill Park development in the Broadgreen area of Liverpool and has also worked at Regency Manor, West Derby, is thrilled with the award: “I come into work every day and do my best and, in truth, it’s not like work because I really enjoy it.

“I want everything to be 100% because that’s how I’ve been trained so it’s great to have my efforts recognised.”

The Redrow apprentice is looked after on site by Haydock-based Prestige Plumbing & Heating.

Redrow called on its sub-contractors and site managers to assess apprentices in five key areas - discipline and attitude, motivation, team working, standard of work and their overall contribution.

Prestige Plumbing director Steve Roberts praised Owen’s confidence, ‘can-do’ attitude and fine skills set; while Redrow site manager Bill Doolan said he was a highly valued member of the team and had shown himself able to work his way round problems with ease.

Owen is now about to go into the final year of a three-year general plumbing apprenticeship, which he began after completing a one-year Level 1 foundation course at Riverside College, Halton.  After reaching Level 3 in general plumbing he’ll then train for an additional year to become a registered gas central heating engineer.

The former Halewood Centre for Learning pupil said: “I still go to college on day release to learn the theory but I find I learn so much more on site, doing the job.

“I am being trained really well. My mentor Darren Standish, from Prestige Plumbing, has got really high standards and he expects those from me too, which is great because I am learning how to do things properly, as they should be done, from the very beginning.

“So the credit goes to him and all those on site, the managers and my colleagues, who support me and encourage me.”

Owen received a trophy, certificate and cash prize.

Keith Collard, construction director for Chorley-based Redrow Homes (Lancashire), added: “Owen is punctual, attentive, highly motivated and eager to learn. I’m told he is on site for 7.30am each day and is doing very well at Riverside College where he has an exceptional attitude and attendance.  We are pleased to receive regular positive feedback from his tutors.  He’s a talented all-rounder who is confident and caring, respectful of those with whom he is working and even takes younger members under his wing. He is a credit to Redrow and to Prestige Plumbing.”

Two other Lancashire apprentices were highly commended: Joiner Joe Joyce, 20, from Speke, who completes the third and final year of his apprenticeship at the end of August and has been taken on by his contractor, RJ Joinery, in Prescot, so will continue to work for Redrow; and Alistair Bloor, 18, from Horwich, who has completed the first year of his joinery apprenticeship and is placed with Ian Adams Joinery, from Leyland.

Redrow trainees like Owen, Joe and Alistair work in a fast-paced, dynamic environment in which there is opportunity for career development. The business offers a wide range of apprenticeships, including carpentry, electrical, bricklaying and plumbing, as well as office-based apprentices in a variety of administration, technical and commercial roles.

Around 15% of Redrow’s total workforce are apprentices or trainees and Redrow has been a Top 100 Apprenticeship Employer for the last four years.

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Redrow was established in 1974. Today, it is one of the most successful and acclaimed property developers in the UK, building around 5,000 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 2016, the Group reported record revenues of £1.38 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 for more details.