Shaun Phoenix, Redrow Homes Project Manager (Liverpool)
Shaun was promoted from site manager to project manager, a role in which he oversees a number of Redrow sites in the Liverpool area – including those being launched as part of the Liverpool Housing Partnership. In this role he oversees and mentors individual site managers and forms a crucial link between work ‘in the field’ and core management. He pays particular attention to site quality and health and safety, having himself won several major awards.
These include seven NHBC Pride in the Job Quality awards and, in 2015, a Seal of Excellence in the same competition. The latter put him among the top 130 site managers around the UK when judged on a number of criteria including technical knowledge, consistency in the build process and leadership and organisational skills. He was also Highly Commended for his last site, near Southport, in the 2015 NHBC Health & Safety Awards.
“I will be looking to guide and influence the Liverpool based site managers in a bid to ensure their developments achieve similar standards,” Shaun said.
Importantly, Shaun is a shining example of Redrow’s commitment to nurturing young talent and helping employees to grow and develop with the business. He joined Redrow as a 16 year old apprentice joiner. After completing his three-year apprenticeship he worked on the tools for two years before returning to Redrow as a trainee site manager. Now, with many years’ experience as a site manager under his belt, the rest as they say is history.
Liam Sargeant, former Bricklaying Apprentice with Redrow
Time-served Redrow apprentice Liam Sargeant is proof that with Redrow the sky’s the limit.
Having learned his trade at New Heys, in Allerton, Liam won a string of awards and even earned himself an appointment with the Prime Minister at 10 Downing Street during National Apprenticeship Week.
He was named both England and GB Apprentice of the Year at the 2015 Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) Apprenticeship Awards, having previously won Builder and Engineer magazine’s Apprentice/New Starter of the Year in 2014, the same year he was voted Your Move property magazine’s Apprentice of the Year.
Now a trainee site assistant with Redrow, Liam said: “My apprenticeship taught me so much and gave me a real confidence boost. The opportunity to train while earning a wage makes learning a set of skills a reality and I’d encourage anyone thinking about starting an apprenticeship to give it a go.”
Connor Reed, Bricklaying Apprentice with LMH
Learning and earning through an apprenticeship is a great way to start your career. Connor Reed, age 20, from Aintree, became an apprentice with Willmott Dixon in September 2015.
Connor was working in part time jobs with little prospects, when he started a bricklaying course at college. After developing skills on his course, Connor applied for an apprenticeship with Willmott Dixon to get practical experience and continue to learn.
Now Connor is learning on the job with people that he likes, whilst aiming for a fulltime career as a bricklayer. As part of his apprenticeship Connor will be completing an NVQ2 qualification and is gaining more and more skills every day.
With a baby daughter on the way, the apprenticeship means a lot for Connor and his family’s future:
“It means the start of a future. It’s a life line to a fulltime career, a living for me and my family, a car and a house. And my daughter who is due in the New Year will have everything she deserves.”
Connor has been working on site at Marwood Towers, an LMH £8m refurbishment that will see an old tower block transformed into 81 modern homes for over 55s. He has really enjoyed working on site and said that “…everyone and has been really supportive to me.”
When we asked Connor what advice he would give to someone offered the chance of an apprenticeship he said:
“Take it! It’s a life time experience that leads to so much. Getting a trade like bricklaying means you can take it around the world.”
Joe Joyce, Apprentice Joiner with Redrow
Joe is a joinery apprentice who’s worked on several of Redrow’s Liverpool Housing Partnership projects. He joined Redrow in summer 2014 after completing one year of sixth form at Enterprise South Liverpool Academy.
The teenager from Speke was studying for A levels but realised that academia wasn’t for him: “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.”
Joe was fortunate to get an apprenticeship with Redrow: “And 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.”
Joe attends St Helens College one day a week and the rest of the working week is spent practising his joinery and being mentored by his colleagues on site. Joe developed his skills initially at Knights Park, Woolton, where Redrow has built 21 family homes, and now works at Redbridge Park.
He’s now in his third and final year.
He said: “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.”
James O’Hanlon, Site Manager at Redbridge Park with Redrow
This is the first site manager’s role for James – or Jimmy as he known – with Redrow, but he’s a man with a wealth of experience, which Redrow was quick to spot.
Jimmy, from Liverpool, worked for many years as a shop fitter before securing a job as a site manager with another housing developer with whom he worked for 11 years prior to joining Redrow.
It’s Jimmy’s job to manage every aspect of the site, from liaising with the workforce which will reach around 70 in number, to the different trades people that come in from other organisations and ensuring that the development runs on schedule.
He said: “It’s my role to make sure everyone has a job at all times and keep an eye on what they are doing, to make sure that things are getting done properly.
“Health and safety is paramount on site, ensuring it is safe and secure and that standards of every aspect of the build are of the highest level.
“Redrow is a great firm to work for. They expect the best but they really seem to care and look after people and that translates to the work people do: People who are happy and committed do a good job, so it shows in the product.”
Dad-of-one Jimmy – whose daughter has bought a Redrow home – has worked on award winning sites before and said: “I would like to think I can win one for Redbridge Park.”
Alan Stevenson, Site Manager at Knights Park with Redrow
Dad-of-two Alan began his working life as a fork lift truck driver, before steering himself towards a career in construction. He has worked as site manager for other development companies constructing an assortment of buildings from nursing homes to private properties.
“It was a case of being in the right place at the right time,” said Alan. “The contracts manager of a building company liked me and asked if I wanted to be trained up – and I have never looked back.
“I’ve trained on the job, working up to getting my NVQ level 4 in site management.”
Knights Park in Woolton is the first site that Tony has taken charge of from the beginning: “Which is nice,” he said. “There’s an enormous amount of satisfaction to be gained from seeing something through from start to finish.
“When I first started work at Knights Park I thought it would be very straight forward being a small development with only 21 homes, but the size and tightness of the site alone has the potential to make the logistics challenging. It’s a bit like a game of chess, having to move things to accommodate others but it’s good to have a challenge and things have gone well.”
So well in fact, the last property has now been completed!
Being Huyton born, Alan says he takes pride in being part of a partnership that’s building better homes for people in his city – and helping to create a better city.