Redrow welcomes new graduate to Lancashire division
Oliver Bird is sowing the seeds of a successful career in the housebuilding industry after joining Redrow as a graduate trainee.
Oliver, 23, from Tarporley, Cheshire, began the programme with us in September after completing a degree in real estate at the Royal Agricultural University in Cirencester.
Oliver started on the prestigious two-year graduate scheme in the land department, before fulfilling the cycle which will see him spending time in a number of different areas, including the technical and construction departments.
He says: “I went for a number of interviews and looked at other schemes before realising that the Redrow programme was by far the right one for me, not least because of the wealth of opportunities it opened up including spending time in different areas rather than limited to just one.
“The industry can take you in a number of different directions, but this gives you the chance to experience many areas and gives you a great grounding and understanding as a whole.
“I saw early too that there is chance for progression with Redrow and a number of people I met in the first weeks were celebrating their 10th or 20th anniversaries with the company, which confirms what an aspirational place it is to work.”
Oliver is enjoying his experience so far, working with a ‘great team’ and he is looking forward to the different challenges although he feels his career will lie in the land department, having already focused on land law, land development and finance at university.
“It is already coming into its own with my role at Redrow,” he adds. “I’m looking at which sites have potential, and which don’t, looking at land value, securing land and following things through to the development stage. I have already been given a project looking at two possible new sites – they put you in at the deep end which means you start learning while working the job straight away - but there is great support if you need it.”
Oliver is certainly in the best place according to Charley Bate, 24, from St Helens, who has been appointed assistant design engineer in the technical department of the Lancashire division after completing the rotational graduate trainee course.
A civil engineering graduate who studied at John Moores University in Liverpool, Charley had his mind set on an engineering job, but he says: “Although I knew I wanted something in engineering, working in other departments made me realise where I fitted in and gave me a greater understanding of the business as a whole, not just my role.
“I researched and chose Redrow after they were suggested by my uncle who’s a United Utilities engineer and had worked with them, and it’s definitely been the best thing I could have done.
“I have been lucky and learned so much in my two years. Now I want to focus on putting it into practise and moving forward with Redrow.”
Steve Greenhalgh, managing director of Redrow Homes (Lancashire), is delighted the company continues to support and encourage young graduates and guide them through training and progression.
“Seeing new graduates coming into the business, learning and thriving, is really satisfying,” he says. “There is a sense of achievement on our part that we are helping people to develop challenging and rewarding careers for themselves, as well as creating a skilled and loyal workforce that’s committed to creating quality homes.”