Yorkshire talent boosts record number of trainees for Redrow
A total of 353 trainees are currently employed – almost a fifth more than the previous year.
Trainees work across all areas of business and, while many undertake construction trade apprentices, new recruits also have access to a range of careers including quantity surveying, design, civil engineering, business administration and site management, as well as undergraduate placements and bespoke rotational graduate programmes.
Of the 353 trainees employed across England and Wales – making up 17% of the overall workforce – 22 are currently based in Yorkshire. They comprise four graduates, three construction graduates, 13 trade apprentices, a trainee site assistant and an office apprentice
David Brown, 21, from Wakefield, is one of them. An apprentice plumber assigned to JTL Plumbing and Heating, David is in his second year of training and currently based at Redrow’s Lancaster Mews development in York.
He was with a small plumbing company before applying for a Redrow apprenticeship and says the difference is marked: “I was doing more maintenance work before, while now I am properly learning the trade and doing first and second fix plumbing.”
“I work four days on site and do a day a week at Barnsley College. The training I am getting is so much better and it is a great way to learn. I have so much support from JTL and all those around me, and I am encouraged every step of the way.”
Harriet Parker, 22, originally from Somerset, is a graduate trainee. She has just completed a rotational programme in which she has experienced work in six different departments within Redrow’s divisional head office in Wakefield.
A law graduate, Harriet has chosen to continue in the company’s land department where her role will involve identification and acquisition of prime sites for future development.
“A role in the land department seems to best suit the skills I gained with my degree and I really enjoy it,” says Harriet. “I considered becoming a lawyer or a barrister but I decided the conventional route wasn’t for me.
“With this I can get out and about and move around, I’m not chained to my desk. Redrow had the best graduate trainee scheme with things like the rotational programme so I got the chance to work in different areas before I made my decision, and I’m not sure any other developer would offer the same opportunities.
“Plus, there is so much support and encouragement that makes coming to work so enjoyable, and is really valuable.”
Harriet is among almost a quarter - 22% - of Redrow’s trainees who are female, which is significantly higher than the 14% average reported by the NHBC.
Karen Jones, HR director at Redrow and trustee of the Construction Industry Training Board, says: “Redrow has a strong history of giving young people the skills they need to succeed in the housebuilding industry. Last year we welcomed another record intake of new trainees who will have the best possible start to their careers.
“The construction industry faces a looming skills gap that will only be exacerbated by Brexit. Housebuilders like us are investing in the next generation of construction industry talent, in Yorkshire and the rest of the UK.”
Redrow also encourages its trainees to get involved with community projects which allow them to develop skills such as communication, leadership and problem solving, alongside their on-the-job experience, and ensures a rounded learning and development. A recent example of this involved a group of graduates, including Harriet, helping pupils at Newlaithes Primary School in Horsforth, Leeds, to construct a Viking long house.
* For more information about a career with Redrow, go to www.redrowcareers.co.uk.
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.