Housebuilder helps students develop design skills

Construction students in Essex are being taught the tools of the trade with help from Redrow Homes.

The award-winning housebuilder, with its regional headquarters in Laindon, has formed a partnership with South Essex College to support classroom learning with educational visits to live construction sites and access to industry professionals to share tips and advice. Plus the housebuilder is offering work experience placements to students.

As part of their course, students working towards the BTEC in Construction and the Built Environment need to understand the use of computer aided design (CAD) programmes within the industry.

They’ve been using the technology in lessons and Redrow’s technical manager Colin Livesey and senior technical co-ordinator Max Ng visited the college to see their progress and explain how they use the software in practice.

Construction lecturer Richard Abiodun said:

“It’s great that our students get practical learning experiences as listening to industry professionals enhances their knowledge. The talk showed them how CAD can maximize productivity and they could connect this to their recent visits to Redrow developments.”

Martin O’Toole, technical director for Redrow Homes (Eastern), said:

“The partnership between Redrow and South Essex College is playing an important role in helping address the skills shortage in the construction industry. By sharing our experience and knowledge we’re helping the students develop new skills which hopefully they will use in later life if they go on to pursue a career in the industry.”

For the third year running the company 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 per cent of Redrow’s direct employees and the company is looking to maintain that as its workforce grows.


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