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Redrow increases apprentice recruitment

One of the UK’s largest housebuilders is boosting its apprentice numbers for 2015, taking on 80 trade apprentices – a 60% increase on last year – in a bid to reduce the skills gap.
Redrow Homes now has more than 100 bricklaying, carpentry and joinery, electrical and plumbing apprentices, plus 28 of office based, business administration commercial and technical apprentices.
The young people are being given the opportunity to forge a successful career in a wide range of disciplines including carpentry, plumbing and bricklaying, office-based apprentices in a variety of administration, technical and commercial roles across the West Country.
Ranked in The City & Guilds top 100 apprentice employers in England, as well as the 2014 Building Good Employer Guide, both for the second consecutive year, Redrow has one of the industry’s best records for training and developing its staff. 15% of its workforce having official trainee status and the company also nurtures young talent through under-graduate work placements, post-graduate training and other vocational training.
Karen Jones, HR director for Redrow Homes, said: “Back in March we made a commitment to take on another 50 trade apprentices but, due to a high demand for positions and the changing needs of the business, we have increased that figure to 80. We had over 400 applications in total for apprenticeships this year, which shows the appetite of young people to join our diverse sector. It’s our job to ensure we give them the training and support they need to stay in the industry and ensure we overcome the current skills shortage and create a sustainable future.”
Ryan Evans from Exeter joined Redrow’s West Country division one year ago as an apprentice and is relishing the opportunity to combine paid on the job training with the opportunity to gain a recognised NVQ qualification while working alongside one of Redrow’s subcontractors. He 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 with Redrow 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.”
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 managerial roles.
You can find out more and apply for Redrow’s apprentice schemes at:
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