An apprentice bricklayer and a parliamentary candidate have swapped jobs to help raise the profile of training opportunities in Kent.
Shane Clarke, who works at Redrow’s St Andrews Park development in Halling traded places with Tracey Crouch as part of the Brathay Apprentice Challenge 2015.
Shane and eight other Redrow trainees from developments in Marden, Tonbridge and Slade Green, have been working to raise awareness of apprenticeships as part of the challenge.
Organised by the Brathay Trust and supported by the National Apprenticeship Service, it’s the official search for apprentice team of the year.
Tracey joined the Redrow Homes (South East) apprentices as they embarked upon an ambitious makeover project at St Peter’s CoE School in Aylesford, before spending the day working alongside Shane at St Andrews Park.
Tracey, who is standing for re-election in Chatham and Aylesford in the general election, said: “Apprenticeships offer young people the chance to learn a trade and gain qualifications while they’re earning. I enjoyed having the opportunity to spend time with Shane and find out what it’s like to be an apprentice.
“I hate heights, but we went up to the roof of a house to see the block and brick work Shane’s been doing. He also showed me how to prep the mortar and then lay the bricks. I never thought bricklaying was easy but I certainly didn’t realise how skilful it is. With some excellent training I laid some bricks, filled in the gaps, dusted them down and put the spirit level on and they were straight. It’s rewarding to think someone will be buying a house that I did a bit of the brickwork on.”
Subject to Tracey retaining her seat in the general election, Shane will be invited to spend time in Westminster to learn about politics.
Redrow apprentice co-ordinator Mike Tynan said: “The whole team have really embraced the Brathay Apprentice Challenge and have been keen to raise awareness of apprenticeships by visiting schools and talking to young people. Shane and the other trainees enjoyed being able to pass on their knowledge to Tracey giving her an insight into life as apprentice.”
Redrow has one of the industry’s best records for training and developing its staff with 15% of its workforce having official trainee status. As well as apprenticeships, the company nurtures young talent through under-graduate work placements, post-graduate training and other vocational training.
The award-winning homebuilder is currently recruiting 50 new apprentices. To find out more or to apply for Redrow’s apprentice schemes visit www.redrowcareers.co.uk/apprentices.
Established more than 40 years, 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 Heritage Collection of family homes combines traditional looking, ‘Arts & Crafts’ influenced exteriors with bright, modern, high specification interiors. The company has won numerous awards over the years, including, most recently, the Gold Award for Best Large Housebuilder at the WhatHouse? Awards 2014, the 2014 Building Awards Housebuilder of the Year and four consecutive 5* awards in the Home Builder Federation (HBF) annual customer satisfaction survey. Redrow also collected the award for best marketing initiative at the 2014 Housebuilder Awards and its ‘My Redrow’ online tool won the overall Customer Engagement category at the 2013 Peer Awards for Excellence.