Homebuilder Redrow has pledged to take on a record 100 trade apprentices this year as it continues to grow its business.
This will include 19 new apprentices across its Lancashire and NW businesses, both of which operate in and around Liverpool.
“We anticipate that several of these apprentices will be from the Merseyside area and working on some of Redrow’s Liverpool Housing Partnership projects,” said Faye Whiteoak, development director for Liverpool.
Redrow has launched its annual apprentice recruitment drive to coincide with National Apprenticeship Week (March 14-18).
Representatives from the national housebuilder will be visiting schools and colleges up and down the country to talk to young people about the value of trade apprenticeships as a route into successful careers in construction.
Karen Jones, HR director for Redrow Homes, said: “We’re building more homes every year, which means we’re able to offer more young people a training role on our building sites, where they will be mentored by experienced professionals and can earn while they work towards an NVQ qualification.
“Apprenticeships are a great way to learn new skills that will last a lifetime – skills that are in high demand in our industry. As we look to address the shortfall in the number of new homes being built, we must endeavour to create a skilled workforce to sustain the rate of construction that is needed. Apprenticeships play a vital role in that as the trainees of today are the site managers and contractors of tomorrow.
“Over the past 12 months our apprenticeship offering has expanded. We’ve added to our range of trade apprenticeships so we now offer roles in plastering, painting and decorating, groundworks and customer care, in addition to carpentry, plumbing, electrics and bricklaying.”
Joe Joyce, 18 from Speke, joined Redrow as a joinery apprentice in summer 2014 after completing one year of sixth form at Enterprise South Liverpool Academy.
“I was studying four subjects to A level but after the first year decided that my heart lay in becoming a joiner and eventually, perhaps, to get into property development.
“I was lucky enough to get an apprenticeship with Redrow and, to be honest, I love it. I love that I am learning something new every day and I love doing things for myself and the sense of achievement that brings. It’s also great to earn money which allows me to enjoy life outside work with my family and friends.
“To anyone thinking of applying for an apprenticeship I’d say ‘do it’. It’s a way of easing into work and learning new skills with fantastic support from Redrow.”
Joe attends St Helens College one day a week and the rest of the working week is practising his joinery skills at Knights Park, Woolton, where Redrow is building 21 family homes as part of the Liverpool Housing Partnership. He hopes to finish off his NVQ Level 2 this summer and progress to Level 3 in his third and final year.
Cllr Nick Small, Liverpool City Council cabinet member for employment and skills, said: “It’s great to see the Liverpool Housing Partnership starting to create real jobs and training opportunities on sites around the city. We look forward to seeing more apprentices on board.”
For the third year running Redrow has been recognised as a Top 100 Apprenticeship Employer and received the title of Great Britain Large Employer of the Year at the 2015 CITB Apprenticeship Awards.
Trainees make up around 15% of Redrow’s direct employees and the company is looking to maintain that as its workforce grows.
With trade apprenticeships offered across its building sites in England and Wales, Redrow’s programmes combine paid on the job training with the opportunity to gain a recognised qualification, usually by attending college one day per week to gain an NVQ.
Redrow also runs office-based apprentice programmes for business administration, design and technical and commercial roles at its divisional headquarters in Chorley and has a great track record of promoting apprentices to more senior positions.
In addition, the company nurtures young talent through under-graduate work placements, post-graduate training and other vocational training.
You can find out more and apply for Redrow’s apprentice schemes at: www.redrowcareers.co.uk/apprentices.