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Apprentice brickie shows MP how it's done

Not many apprentices got to teach an MP a trick or two for National Apprenticeship Week - but that’s exactly what Tim Mills was able to do.

Tim, 20, a third year bricklaying apprentice with Redrow Homes got to show York Outer MP Julian Sturdy exactly how it’s done when he visited The Granary in Clifton Without, York.

And Mr Sturdy proved he wasn’t afraid to get his hands dirty, saying later: “Providing our young people with the best start to get on in life and have a rewarding career must always be a key priority.

“During the last Parliament we saw the biggest ever increase in apprentice numbers with over two million people starting an apprenticeship and I am pleased that the Government is committed to going further and delivering three million more apprenticeships by 2020.”

The visit to The Granary, in Water Lane, Clifton, was organised by NHBC.

Winner last year of Redrow’s Yorkshire division apprentice of the year title, Tim, from Pontefract, was the ideal person to show Mr Sturdy how it’s done at The Granary, where Redrow is building around 215 new homes on the site of a former grain store.

Tim is nearing the end of a three-year bricklaying apprenticeship with Redrow, where he’s enjoyed combining paid on the job training with the opportunity to gain a recognised NVQ qualification.

He is aiming to complete his NVQ 3 in August this year, after which he will become self-employed but is hoping to continue working on Redrow sites as he says the company has a good reputation for looking after those who work for it and he wants to continue working for a trusted and reputable business.

Tim, who left Hemsworth High School aged 16, after sitting his GCSEs, is confident he chose the right path into his chosen career, saying: “Learning on the job has meant I have had the best of both worlds. I have been earning a salary while I have been learning, which is an obvious bonus, and, crucially, I have had hands-on experience.”

Redrow chose National Apprenticeship Week (March 14-18) to launch its annual recruitment driver for new apprentices. This year it will take on 100 young people – more than ever before – and nine of them will be recruited in the Yorkshire region.

As well as trainee bricklayers like Tim, Redrow is also seeking apprentices in carpentry, plumbing, electrics, plastering, painting and decorating, groundworks and customer care.

Darren Draycott, head of construction for Redrow Homes (Yorkshire), said: “Apprentices are very important to Redrow – they are the key to plugging the skills gap within the industry and are also our future. We were pleased to be able to introduce Tim to Mr Sturdy and demonstrate the active role Redrow is taking to train young people and equip them with skills for life.”

Earlier this year Redrow was recognised as a Top 100 Apprenticeship Employer for the third year running 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.

Find out more and apply for one of 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 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.