Ryan Evans poses with his Apprentice of the Year Award

Housebuilder awarded Employer of the Year by Exeter College

Exeter-based Redrow West Country has received a revered accolade from Exeter College, awarding the housebuilder with Bricklaying Employer of the Year at their annual Skills Awards.
It was a double celebration for Redrow (West Country) as one of the housebuilder’s apprentices, Ryan Evans, also scooped an award for Construction Apprentice of the Year at the prestigious awards.
The Skills Awards celebrated talented apprentices and honoured the contribution of employers like Redrow across the South West that support the College’s Apprenticeship programme. Construction Apprentice of the Year winner Ryan Evans was recognised for his attendance and commitment, positive attitude and high standard of work, as the College went on to say: ‘Ryan has always had positive feedback from the employer, excellent attendance onsite and in college and he was laying face brickwork early in his apprenticeship to a good standard. Ryan is always keen to learn in the classroom making positive contributions. He produces work to a high standard in the workshop demonstrating good hand skills with a willingness to improve.’
Ryan was delighted to receive his award and said: “Since joining Redrow, I have been constantly learning new skills and each day I’m progressing more and more. Getting stuck in to an apprenticeship straight from school has enabled me to pick up a lot of skills and abilities quickly, and continue to improve along the way with their support.”
Ryan continued: “My experience with Redrow over the past year has been brilliant; I have felt like a valued part of the team and my colleagues have always helped point me in the right direction! I’m looking forward to continuing and completing my apprenticeship with Redrow, as it’s helped me pave the way for a bright future.”
Redrow West Country employs over 130 people and currently has a portfolio of 13 prime development sites across the West Country including Bishops Court and The Harringtons in Exeter. Apprentice Manager Keith Lovelock acknowledged Redrow’s Bricklaying Employer of the Year as a true achievement and a step in the right direction for the housebuilder’s ambitious apprenticeship plans “We were delighted to receive the award, in conjunction with Karline our main bricklaying contractors, for the Bricklaying Employer of the Year at Exeter College’s recent award ceremony. The award is a great reminder and positive influence of our commitment to apprenticeships across the company and we hope to be in the running for many more awards like this in the future.”
Exeter College’s Head of Business Solutions and Enterprise at Exeter College, Mike Blakeley, acknowledged the impact of high quality placements on the College’s apprentices and said: “The event focuses on our winners but it also recognises the success of nearly 600 apprentices and the efforts of our exceptional business network which now numbers 900. We are exceptionally fortunate in this area to have some of the most supportive and forward thinking businesses in the country”.
With trade apprenticeship schemes across its building sites, Redrow also runs apprentice programmes for administration, design and technical and commercial roles at its divisional headquarters in Pynes Hill, Exeter and many former apprentices have progressed through the company ranks to more senior roles.
You can find out more and apply for Redrow’s apprentice schemes at: www.redrowcareers.co.uk/apprentices.