Apprentice turned site manager highlights Redrow's commitment to home grown talent
Ryan, whose dad Vince has worked for Redrow for more than 20 years, started out as an apprentice aged 16. Now 25 he’s been promoted to site manager, overseeing work at Ambion Way in Burbage.
“I’d always enjoyed making things, my dad and brother worked for Redrow and I wanted to join them in the building trade. When I was at school I had a work experience placement on site spending a day with each of the different trades and that helped me decide I wanted to train as a joiner,” recalls Ryan.
During his apprenticeship Ryan attended college one day a week and worked on site four days a week. On completion of his three-year apprenticeship, Ryan continued to work on Redrow sites as a self-employed joiner, before training as a site assistant.
“In the last two years I’ve become more confident and have taken on more responsibility so when the opportunity to progress to site manager came up it was the perfect timing for me,” Ryan adds. “Because I started off as an apprentice and I’m now a site manager, it shows that there are doors that can be opened if you work hard and put the effort in. Hopefully in future I’ll be able to progress to contracts manager.”
Ryan, from Coalville, was able to buy his own home aged 23. He says it was quite run down when he bought it, but he stripped it back and renovated it throughout including fitting new stairs and windows.
“Everyone else I went to school with didn’t have a clue what they wanted to do, but I’m glad I did because I’ve built a career and bought my own house,” he says.
“Now that I’ve got a foot on the property ladder and there’s equity in it, if I want to move to somewhere bigger I can.”
Trainees currently account for 17% of Redrow’s workforce across England and Wales, including 30 apprentices and trainees working for the Tamworth-based Midlands division.
Graham Micklewright, managing director for Redrow Homes (Midlands), said: “Ryan is a prime example of Redrow’s commitment to nurturing and supporting its people; from apprentices and other trainees to those at other stages of their career who want to expand their qualifications and experience. We have every confidence in Ryan’s ability and hope that he will continue to progress and develop in his new role as site manager. He’ll hopefully encourage other apprentices and trainees to come through the system too.”
To find out more about building a career with Redrow see https://www.redrowcareers.co.uk/trade-apprenticeships/