Redrow apprentices receive Gold Awards at Buckingham Palace
The Duke of York Award is open to students at UTCs across England and recognises young people who have excelled within their technical education by achieving the highest grades, going above and beyond during their work experience placements and demonstrating outstanding reasoning and communication skills.
The two students studied BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment, the equivalent of three A-Levels. As part of their course they completed two weeks work experience at Redrow South East’s headquarters in Chatham to gain a practical understanding of a career in the construction sector.
Two weeks was just the beginning for both students, who applied to return during their summer break and are now full time apprentices. Billy is a trainee site assistant at Redrow’s St Andrews Park in Halling. While Rebecca is a commercial apprentice, with aspirations of becoming a chartered quantity surveyor.
Rebecca Driver, former Head Girl at the UTC, explained how her interest in the sector arose and how she achieved her award: “I was 14 when I figured out that a career in the construction industry would suit my abilities. I’m quite good with figures and like how these can be translated into a practical job on site. I am currently working towards a Level 6 Degree in Quantity Surveying and can’t wait to be fully qualified.
“It was great to be recognised by the UTC for my knowledge of the construction sector. I had to present to the Governors at college outlining what I have learnt so far, how this has been applied practically and my career plan.”
Billy grew up around the world of construction, learning about the available opportunities through his father, but was unsure of which direction to take within the sector, “The work experience provided me with the opportunity to experience first-hand the day to day of what being a site manager involves and the role really appeals to me. Before my work experience I wasn’t sure whether to pursue a career in design. It’s been really exciting going up to Buckingham Palace and receiving my award from Prince Andrew, definitely a day to remember.”
Mike Tynan, Area Construction Manager at Redrow (South East), comments: “It’s really fantastic to hear that both Billy and Rebecca’s hard work has been recognised. They are both exceptionally bright and it’s been so wonderful to see passionate and committed individuals coming into the sector.
“The construction industry is facing a real crisis in recruitment and we have found that the partnership with Medway UTC has been an excellent way of introducing young people to the opportunities within the sector and enabled them to further develop their skills.”
For more information about training opportunities with Redrow see www.redrowcareers.co.uk/apprentices.
Redrow was established in 1974. Today, it is one of the most successful and acclaimed property developers in the UK, building over 5,400 premium quality family homes a year in prime locations across England and Wales. Over Redrow’s history spanning more than 40 years, it has earned a unique reputation for quality and building beautiful homes, which people love to live in. To help achieve this it also focusses on two other key areas: valuing people and creating outstanding locations. Implementing its strategy whilst engaging with colleagues and stakeholders helps Redrow deliver significant value to investors and the wider community. Redrow is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the FTSE 250 index. For the year ended 30th June 2017, the Group reported record revenues of £1.65 billion. Redrow has been awarded the ‘Best Large Housebuilder’ title twice in the last three years at the What House? Awards. This year, Redrow was named as a UK Top 100 Apprenticeship Employer for the fourth consecutive year. Visit redrow.co.uk for more details.