Homebuilder Redrow has pledged to take on a record 100 trade apprentices this year as it continues to grow its business, including nine across North Wales and the North West.
To coincide with National Apprenticeship Week
(March 14-18) Redrow is launching its annual apprentice recruitment drive.
Representatives from the national housebuilder will be visiting schools and colleges up and down the country to talk to young people about the value of trade apprenticeships
as a route into successful careers in construction.
Karen Jones, HR director for Redrow Homes, said: “We’re building more homes every year, which means we’re able to offer more young people a training role on our building sites, where they will be mentored by experienced professionals and can earn while they work towards an NVQ qualification.
“Apprenticeships are a great way to learn new skills that will last a lifetime - skills that are in high demand in our industry. As we look to address the shortfall in the number of new homes being built, we must endeavour to create a skilled workforce to sustain the rate of construction that is needed. Apprenticeships play a vital role in that as the trainees of today are the site managers and contractors of tomorrow.
“Over the past 12 months our apprenticeship offering has expanded. We’ve added to our range of trade apprenticeships so we now offer roles in plastering, painting and decorating, groundworks and customer care, in addition to carpentry, plumbing, electrics and bricklaying.”
Jake Jarvis, 16, from Llandudno, joined Redrow as an apprentice joiner last year and is enjoying combining paid on the job training with the opportunity to gain a recognised NVQ qualification. Jake is based on Redrow’s Goetre Uchaf development in Bangor and goes to Coleg Llandrillo part time to study for his level 2 in Carpentry and Joinery. He said: “I’m really enjoying it and I’m getting a lot of help and support from everyone on site. My course is going well and I’m getting some top grades.
“I’d 100% recommend an apprenticeship to other young people. It’s a great way to start a career and I’m looking forward to learning and working on site for a few more years. One day I hope to own my own property development company.”
For the third year running Redrow has been recognised as a Top 100 Apprenticeship Employer and received the title of Great Britain Large Employer of the Year at the 2015 CITB Apprenticeship Awards.
Trainees make up around 15% of Redrow’s direct employees and the company is looking to maintain that as its workforce grows.
With trade apprenticeships offered across its building sites in England and Wales, Redrow’s programmes combine paid on the job training with the opportunity to gain a recognised qualification, usually by attending college one day per week to gain an NVQ.
Redrow also runs office-based apprentice programmes for business administration, design and technical and commercial roles at its headquarters in Ewloe, Flintshire, and has a great track record of promoting apprentices to more senior positions.
In addition, the company nurtures young talent through under-graduate work placements, post-graduate training and other vocational training.
You can find out more and apply for Redrow’s apprentice schemes at: www.redrowcareers.co.uk/apprentices
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, the 2014 Building Awards Housebuilder of the Year and five consecutive 5* awards in the Home Builder Federation (HBF) annual customer satisfaction survey. Its ‘My Redrow’ online tool won the overall Customer Engagement category at the 2013 Peer Awards for Excellence. Web: www.redrow.co.uk