Redrow Homes apprentices reach final in nationwide challenge
After four months of hard work, the nine-strong team from Redrow’s Bristol office has been chosen to represent the South West in the national finals of the Brathay Apprentice Challenge, which celebrates the best apprentices in the country.
Redrow was announced as a finalist at the House of Commons by Godfrey Owen, chief executive of organisers Brathay Trust.
The team from Bristol will be joined in the final by teams from Derwent Training Association, JCB, GlaxoSmithKline, IBM, Nottingham City Homes, Severn Trent Water and WSP.
To gain their place in the final the Redrow team carried out 11 visits to local schools and young groups where they hosted talks and presentations about the benefit of apprenticeships.
They volunteered at a young carers’ centre in Fishponds, Bristol, where they redesigned and rebuilt a garden for the young carers to relax and socialise in.
The youngsters also hosted a business event so they could talk to potential employers about offering apprenticeships.
The finalists have been chosen from among more than 650 apprentices across 75 organisations including leading apprentice employers, training providers and colleges.
Lee Hawker, managing director at Redrow South West, said: “It’s a great achievement for our team of nine Redrow South West apprentices to make the finals in June, which as a minimum puts them in the top 12 per cent of the 650 apprentices who participated.
“The 2017 Brathay Apprentice Challenge has been a fantastic way of highlighting all the great apprenticeship opportunities at Redrow.
“Our apprentices have done Redrow proud and we’re looking forward to the finals already. Congratulations to all the team and to the other eight teams who’ve made the final.”
Grace Knight, 17, who joined Redrow as an office apprentice in August 2016, said: “It’s fantastic to be chosen as finalists as everyone on the team has worked so hard to get here.
“Apprenticeships are a great way for young people like me to get on the job ladder while also benefitting from professional training. Loads of the apprentices at Redrow go on to work their way up into permanent roles.
“We’re all keen to spread the word about the benefits of apprenticeships and the Brathay Apprentice Challenge has been the perfect way to do that.
“We’ve all gained lots of new skills like presenting, teamwork and leadership and had a great time doing it. Now we’re focused on doing the best we can at the national finals.”
Across the UK, the teams taking part in the challenge have visited nearly 500 schools and youth groups to talk about the benefits of earning while you learn on an apprenticeship.
The teams also hosted more than 120 business events to talk to potential employers about offering apprenticeships, recruiting nearly 400 organisations to start hiring apprentices.
The national finalists will now continue awareness raising activities until early June, when they will be invited to Brathay Trust’s Windermere headquarters for the logistical and teambuilding finale where the apprentice team of the year will be announced on 14th June.
Announcing the finalists, Mr Owen said: “All of the teams that have taken part have worked really hard and the quality of the portfolios increases year on year.
“The apprentice team of the year finals demonstrate the skills, knowledge and desire to succeed from apprentices; and this continues to inspire others and impress us in equal measure. It is great to see apprentices put in the hard work to get the recognition they deserve, highlighting how apprenticeships benefit not only young people themselves, but their employers and their local community too.
“We look forward to the national finals and welcoming the teams to Brathay in June for the finale.”
For more information on the Brathay Apprentice Challenge and to see a list of all teams entered visit brathay.com/challenge.
Redrow was established in 1974. Today, it is one of the most successful and acclaimed property developers in the UK, building around 5,000 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 2016, the Group reported record revenues of £1.38 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.