Between them they have degrees in journalism and geography with urban and regional planning, but two graduates have found themselves at home in the sales department of Redrow Homes.
The award-winning homebuilder is committed to providing training and employment opportunities to young people and an impressive 15% of its 1,750-strong workforce has trainee status.
New recruit Jake Page has joined Redrow Homes (Midlands) in Tamworth as a sales graduate, following in the footsteps of Lewis Kavanagh.
Jake, 21, from Sutton Coldfield, graduated from the University of Birmingham in the summer with a 2:1 in geography and urban regional planning.
“Geography was my favourite subject at school and I’ve always been interested in the built environment – I can’t help but notice nice residential properties when I’m out and about – so working in the housing industry seemed like a natural career path to follow,” Jake said.
“I’ve spent time in different departments including sales, technical, commercial and land, as well as out on site with the construction team learning about the processes involved in building homes. I’ve really enjoyed it so far as everyone’s really friendly and welcoming. I’ve learnt a lot, especially on site speaking to the different trades.
“The biggest challenge will be learning the legal and financial side of things, but hopefully I’ll grasp it quite quickly.”
Leeds University graduate Lewis Kavanagh joined Redrow in 2014. Initially he faced a four-hour round commute by public transport between his home in Northampton and the Redrow office in Tamworth, but has since passed his driving test and thankfully reduced his journey time.
Lewis said: “The training from Redrow is really good with lots of workshops, plus lots to learn on site on the job. The highlight has been helping first time buyers achieve their dream and move into their own home and seeing that they’re really happy.”
FTSE-250 housebuilder Redrow is now taking applications for its 2016 graduate training programmes and will be attending a number of careers fairs at universities around the country over the coming months.
Redrow also offers opportunities for building trade, office and technical apprentices and under-graduate work placements.
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.