Housebuilder Redrow has pledged it will take on a record 100 trade apprentices this year as it grows its business.
And it will bring to breathe life into the commitment next week, when it launches its annual apprentice drive to coincide with National Apprentice Week, which runs from March 14-18.
Representatives from the company 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.
“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,” said Karen Jones, HR director for Redrow Homes..
“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.”
Trainees make up around 15% of Redrow’s direct employees and the company says it 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 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.