Redrow has been highly commended at the Midlands regional final of the National Apprenticeship Awards 2017. This is the fifth consecutive year the housebuilder has been recognised at the awards for the training it offers to its apprentices.
Training and development sits at the heart of Redrow’s business and it is working hard to nurture the next generation of construction industry talent. As part of this the housebuilder joined the 5% Club which means it is committed to ensuring at least 5% of its workforce comprises trainees, graduates and apprentices. Currently, nearly triple this number, 14%, are working at the business.
Redrow’s apprentices benefit from working alongside and learning from some of the industry’s most experienced professionals and can take on a diverse array of roles at the business, whether as a tradesperson on one of the housebuilder’s developments or supporting the business’ growth at headquarters. The housebuilder offers apprenticeships from entry-level all the way up to Level 7 which is the equivalent of a Masters Degree.
Redrow also supplements all the formal training apprentices receive with opportunities for them to develop their soft skills, including leadership, teamwork and communication. Recently Redrow apprentices have done so by participating in the annual Brathay Apprentice Challenge and working as a team to put their skills to the test and design and build a sensory garden for dementia patients at Deeside Community Hospital.
Commenting, Clare Hindley New Entrants Programmes Manager at Redrow, said: “Recognition at the National Apprenticeship Awards for the fifth year in a row is no mean feat. We are delighted to have our industry-leading apprenticeship programme feature alongside those of iconic companies like the BBC and Volvo. At Redrow we are passionate about nurturing the next generation of construction industry talent and giving them the practical and soft skills needed to succeed in an industry that is a cornerstone of the UK economy.”
Sue Husband, Director of the National Apprenticeship Service, said: “The National Apprenticeship Awards allow talented apprentices and committed employers from across our regions to receive well-deserved recognition for their apprenticeship achievements.
“The highly commended finalists at these awards show the range of sectors and variety of job roles apprenticeships are available in, and how they can deliver the skills employers need. I congratulate all highly commended finalists on their success in this competition.”
The National Apprenticeship Awards, now in their fourteenth year, are run by the National Apprenticeship Service and recognise excellence in two areas: businesses that grow their own talent with apprentices and apprentices who have made a significant contribution to their workplaces.