As competition for apprenticeship places increases, a trainee from Worcester who stands out above his peers has been recognised for his efforts by developer Redrow.
The housebuilder’s Apprentice of the Year award is always hotly contended by those learning the tricks of the various trades at Redrow developments across England and Wales.
Matthew Ball, 19, a trainee carpenter based at the Earl’s Park and Kings Park developments in Worcester has been named year 2+ apprentice of the year.
“I’m proud to have won the award as I’m enjoying the role and learning new skills on site and at Worcester College of Technology,” he said.
“I would recommend apprenticeships 100% without a doubt. It gives you the chance to get hands on work experience and learn so much. It’s great to see that you’re helping to make a difference to the local area too.”
Matthew, who lives in St John’s and is a former pupil of Christopher Whitehead Language College, was one of five Redrow apprentices recognised in this year’s awards.
Richard Beadsmoore, Redrow’s group training and development manager, said: “Figures from the National Apprenticeship Service suggest that an average of 11 applications are received for every apprenticeship role available. While we’ve more than doubled our intake this year, we’ve also seen a substantial increase in enquiries as more people look toward learning a trade as a viable alternative to pursuing a more traditionally academic career path such as university. Many others see it as an opportunity to retrain and learn valuable new skills.
“Apprenticeships aren’t an easy option and there’s lots of hard work involved both on site and at college. Our Apprentice of the Year awards recognise and reward the sterling efforts of our trainees throughout the year. I extend my congratulations to all of our apprentices who’ve helped in the construction of our new homes across England and Wales.”
The Redrow apprenticeship programme combines ‘on-the-job’ paid work and an NVQ completed over three years.
Apprentices are placed with an experienced and trusted sub-contractor, where they can learn the skills required to do their chosen job whilst working on Redrow developments and also going to college one day a week.
Redrow Homes is one of the UK’s leading house builders, operating across England and Wales, with a strong emphasis on high quality family housing in prime locations. Its New Heritage Collection of family homes combines traditional looking, ‘Arts & Crafts’ influenced exteriors with bright, modern, high specification interiors. Established more than 35 years, the company has won numerous awards over the years. Redrow received a 5* Award in the Home Builder Federation (HBF) annual customer satisfaction survey in 2011, 2012 and 2013; collected the Silver award in the Large Housebuilder category of the 2012 What House? awards; and its ‘Share a little bit of joy’ campaign was named best marketing initiative at the 2012 Housebuilder Awards. Web: www.redrow.co.uk.